Mayo Clinic Offers Quick Tips to Prep for Severe Weather

Water over roadSummertime brings severe weather such as hurricanes, tornados and floods. But what can people with disabilities do to prepare for such storms?

“As we learned during Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, persons with disabilities need to consider a number of different factors, such as identifying who is in their support system, special transportation needs and what supplies to include in their emergency preparedness kits,” says Lisa Beck, a clinical nurse specialist at Mayo Clinic.

Beck offers these tips to prepare for severe weather:

  • At least twice a year practice getting out of the house quickly.
  • Talk to a local emergency medical services provider about your special needs.
  • Develop a plan for seeking shelter, including how to get to shelter and who may need to provide assistance.
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit to last 24 to 48 hours. Include medication lists, contact numbers, medications, catheter supplies, first aid kit and extra glasses.
  • Consider shelter and supplies for service animals.

Watch the Mayo Clinic's Lisa Beck discusses emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.