How might a disaster affect you? Could you make it on your own for at least three days? After a disaster, you may not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore, so it’s crucial to plan for the resources you use regularly, and what you would do if those resources are limited or not available. BE PREPARED!
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Roadid will provide an electronic record of your medical information accessible online with an ID listed on your bracelet.
With an Apple iPhone, you can put your medical information into the Health application, and it will appear on your phone without needing to unlock it in the case of emergency.
Confirm your mobile device can receive wireless emergency alerts. Sign up for text and/or email alerts from your local jurisdiction.
Phone application – “Earthquake” provides updated earthquake information from all over the world.
If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, a disaster can disrupt mail services for days or weeks at a time. Switching to electronic payments is a simple but effective way to protect yourself financially if a disaster strikes; it also eliminates the risk of stolen checks.
The US Department of Treasury recommends two safer ways to get benefits:
Direct deposit into a checking or savings account. Federal benefit recipients can contact (800) 333-1795 for more information.
The Direct Express prepaid debit card is another option as a safe and easy alternative to paper checks. Call toll-free at (877) 212-9991.
As you prepare, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
Keep in mind some of these factors while you’re developing your plan:
Have a minimum three day water supply per person available.
Make sure your water is filtered and keep chlorine tablets/portable filter on hand.
Learn more about emergency drinking supply storage.
Have enough MRE and dry/canned food to last one week per person.
My Patriot Supply offers great products and examples of the kind of food supplies you should have prepared. They have a 72 hour food kit with 16 servings and a shelf life of 25 years.
Know how to shut off your gas to both save money and stay safe.
Protect the electronic products you value with surge suppressors and Uninterruptible Power Supplies. If your power goes out, a UPS provides battery power at a constant voltage, giving you time to safely turn off equipment.
Learn more about power outages.
Red Cross has multiple programs for children.
Youth Preparedness Training: It is important that children and teens know what to do in an emergency. Youth can be prepared by participating in one of the following FREE programs: Be Red Cross Ready Teens, Ready K.I.D.S, or Masters of Disasters. To request your free on-site community presentation, Please complete an on-site community presentation form or call (661) 324-6427.
Firefighter Frank & Friends Puppet Show: Parents know the importance of learning fire safety skills, but may not have the resources to make the process fun and non-threatening to children. Join Firefighter Frank and his friends as they prepare youth ages 4-9 in this 45-minute puppet show extravaganza that educates participates in how to perform fire drills, how to stop, drop and roll, match safety, and crawling low in smoke. To request Firefighter Frank and Friends to visit your school or organization, please call (661) 324-6427.
To request an informational booth at your next event, please complete this Preparedness Event Request Form or call (661) 324-6427.
These are laminated booklets designed to facilitate communication between hospital staff and non-English speaking patients. The cards include pictures for basic medical-related topics and assistance phrases that patients can point at to express their needs. Translators are available in Spanish and French as well as for disaster assistance.
Originally for use in hospitals, rehab units, acute care, emergency rooms, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, clinics, hospice care and in the home, the Health Care Communications Board can provide an inexpensive alternative for communication in emergency situations.
The Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, uses this Language Identification Flashcard, containing 38 languages, to help identify the language of their respondents. It can be used by first responders to determine the language of their patients.
It’s an instant translator with 57 different languages available. For 15 of those languages, the user can speak the phrase rather than type; for 23 languages, he or she can hear the translation played out loud. For non-Latin script languages like Japanese or Arabic, the user can choose to see a phonetic translation in Latin letters.
This application is a universal translator that translates into 52 different languages, including Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), French, Spanish and Vietnamese. It operates as a text-to-speech device, so the user can type a word, sentence or phrase and have it played aloud in the target language.