Emergency Plan for Participants with Disabilities

Participants with disabilities or persons with chronic illnesses may require additional consideration in emergency preparedness planning. Follow these tips:

  • Keep the shut-off switch for oxygen equipment near your bed to reach it quickly if there is a fire.
  • Create a network of relatives, friends or coworkers who are able to assist in an emergency. Make sure they know how to operate any required medical equipment. Practice your emergency procedures including how individuals who are hearing impaired or deaf will be notified of emergency information broadcasts or alerts.
  • Include the following (as needed) in your emergency kit:
    • medications
    • denture needs
    • corrective lenses
    • hearing aids and batteries
    • extra wheelchair batteries
    • oxygen supplies
    • catheter supplies
    • food for service animal(s)
    • other special equipment as needed
    • a list of emergency contacts
    • a list of the models and serial numbers of medical devices in use, such as pacemakers
  • Store extra equipment, such as a manual wheelchair, at a neighbour’s home, school or your workplace.

You can also check out Halton Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Are you prepared for the first 72 hours?

Do you know the types of emergencies that could happen in Oakville? Are you prepared for the first 72 hours of an emergency?

Make an Emergency Plan

As a family, discuss the types of emergencies, what you need to do to prepare, what to do during an emergency/evacuation, and what roles and responsibilities each person will have. Practice your plan regularly.

Learn more about preparing an Emergency Plan.

Create an Emergency Kit

Make sure you have at least a 72-hour (three-day) supply of food, water and other essentials such as medications for every member of your household. Check your supplies twice a year and replace any contents that have expired or were removed for use.

Learn more about preparing an Emergency Kit.

Plan for special needs

People with special needs such as young children, elderly family members, persons with disabilities or persons with chronic illnesses require additional consideration in emergency preparedness planning.

Learn more about planning for special needs.

Plan for your pets

Don’t forget the needs of pets or service animals.

Learn more about preparing an emergency for your pets.