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When Disaster Strikes - Promising Practices - Individuals with Special Needs

People with special medical needs, including individuals with hearing, visual, or cognitive impairments; those who are medically dependent on electricity; and those who will need special assistance to maintain health due to disability can be more vulnerable to disasters. Individuals with special medical needs may less mobile than the general population and, as a result, may face greater challenges evacuating or sheltering-in-place during an emergency.

This guide is geared toward those who are well enough to live at home and do not require emergency or acute inpatient health care. Those with intensive medical needs are assumed to be located in a secure medical institution prior to or during an emergency and will not require additional assistance from emergency management officials.