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November 1, 2012  |  Jennah Bedrosian

This past week has been hard for many communities across the U.S, including ours. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Living and working in or around the DC area, we know firsthand the impact the storm has had on our families, friends, and community.

Luckily, many precautions were taken to prepare for the storm, but due to the severity of the situation many were still affected. So, with emergency preparedness on the mind, we would like to share some resources.

Tips on how to prepare for a disaster:

Click here for the brochure.

ADA best practices for emergency management preparedness and shelters:

ADA Toolkit

Federal guidelines for emergency shelters (shelters must make exceptions to “no pets” or “no animals” policies to allow people with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals. Service animals are not pets and are therefore not subject to restrictions applied to pets or other animals. Page 28)

Resources for those affected by Hurricane Sandy:

To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA) (Standard rates apply) or call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

List of pet-friendly shelters (all shelters must accommodate service animals):

Information on applying for disaster relief.

Register for search, safe, and well directory to find loved ones.

How to help:

The American Red Cross


Other ways to help

Click here for other resources

Disaster assistance applicants who have a hearing or speech disability and use TTYs should call 1-800-462-7585 directly.  If you do not use a TTY and are calling through any relay service or by voice, you can also access the following voice telephone number:  1-800-621-3362.  These toll-free telephone numbers (provided by FEMA) will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

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Submitted by Rae at 12:23 PM on November 5, 2012
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Submitted by Rae at 12:14 PM on November 5, 2012
My mother had a massive stroke 7 years ago. She needs a hospital bed and an inflatable bed pad to prevent bedsores. Otherwise, she is medically stable, and needs very few medications. She lives with me. I provide round the clock care. We just survived Hurricane Sandy, when we lost power for 5 days. We are now facing a nor'easter in 2 days. We might lose power again, and it will be much colder. I live within walking distance of 2 skilled nursing facilities. I can transport her. I'm trying to find some way to pay for this. She doesn't need hospitalization. She needs skilled nursing in an emergency. Fema needs me to file a claim for reimbursement, but unless I know Fema will cover it, I won't take her there. Medicare won't cover it. I can't get through to the Red Cross. Please let me know if you know of any funds for an emergency like this.
Submitted by jo24da at 08:07 PM on November 3, 2012
The state of Hawaii also has a its share of natural disasters. On October 27, 2012 Hawaii was under Tsunami warning which caused people who lived in low lying flood zone areas to evacuate. Fortunately, after several hours the Tsunami was downgraded to an advisory warning and Hawaii was spared. The Hawaii State Civil Defense also has a disaster resource for people with disabilities.
Submitted by Val at 04:30 PM on November 1, 2012
The Independence Center in Colorado Springs, CO has a personal preparedness handbook to help people with disabilities prepare for emergencies. This may be of interest in planning for the future.

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