Last Update: Thursday, December 05, 2013
|Safety Tips for Those with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 17 October 2013 01:59|
If you have a physical disability or movement limitation:
During earthquakes it is important to protect yourself from falling, or being hit by falling objects. When shaking begins, if possible:
• Drop down to the floor (before the earthquake knocks you down);
• Take Cover under a table or desk (or cover your head and neck with your arms); and
• Hold On to the leg or other part of the furniture until the shaking stops.
If you have mobility or balance issues, the shaking motion may increase your difficulties. Get to the floor in a seated position (and against an inside wall if possible). Protect your head and neck with your arms.
If you are unable to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On":
If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect your head and neck, moving away from windows or other items that can fall on you.
• If in a recliner or bed, do not try to move during the shaking. Stay where you are until the shaking stops.
• If using a wheelchair, lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops.
• Always protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.
Deaf or hard of hearing:
Be sure to have more than one method to receive warnings and evacuation information.
Blind or low vision:
Earthquakes can cause items to fall and furniture to shift. Regular sound clues may not be available afterwards. Move with caution.
Developmental/Cognitive/ Intellectual disabilities:
For anyone who has difficulty understanding, remembering, or learning - keep simple, short instructions and important information with you and in your kits. If they use augmentative communication supports, include these in your planning.
Additional Guidance: www.earthquakecountry.org/disability