Category: Emergency Preparation

4 Quick Tips on How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

4 Quick Tips on How to Prep for Natural Disasters

When it comes to prepping your home for natural disasters you can never be too prepared. Lack of an emergency plan for unexpected events could be detrimental. To help you get started, here are a few tips on how you can plan for a natural disaster.

Gather Medical Supplies and Necessities

Be sure to gather and keep track of medicines, oxygen tanks, battery packs, extra medical supplies, and other daily care necessities. If you have to make a quick exit, having everything together could be the difference between continuing your care or not.

Have Cash On Hand

During these emergencies, ATMs may be overrun or not working, meaning there is no way for you to get cash. Power can go out, leaving debit and credit cards useless. By having cash on hand, you will be able to purchase necessities when an event occurs.

Document Storage

Be sure to have a fireproof and waterproof box with documents you will need in order to pick up the pieces after a disaster. These documents should include numbers to and information about your bank, creditors, health insurance, and property insurance. Specific documents should include passports, birth certificates, health records, social security cards, bank routing numbers, deeds, income tax information and more.

Plan, Plan, Plan.

The best thing you can do is put together a team of people who can assist you during a natural disaster. It’s important to review your plan with these people so they’re also prepared. You’ll also want to plan escape routes and practice using them once or twice a year. In the event of a tornado, most basements aren’t wheelchair accessible so having a back-up plan if you or a loved one use a wheelchair is important.

While we never hope a natural disaster will strike, it’s better to be prepared if something does occur. By taking these steps to prepare, you will have a plan to help aid in your safety and recovery.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by the recent hurricanes, and are looking for accessibility solutions to temporary housing, we can help. Visit our Disaster Relief Page by clicking here.

3 Winter Tips for Wheelchair Use

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The arrival of winter can bring plenty of opportunities for family fun, gatherings and games. However, for people affected by disabilities, it can also mean potential problems. Snow can create treacherous walkways, leaving those with limited mobility at a distinct disadvantage. By using these winter guidelines from EZ-ACCESS, you can ensure safety for you and your loved ones.

  • Create Winter Tires

This winter, snow tires are not just for your car! Reinforcing the tires on your wheelchair can help you get through snowy walkways and uneven terrain. Not only will this help increase your traction, it is an easy and inexpensive safety addition you can do at home. Simply purchase sturdy plastic or nylon wire ties that are long enough to go around the thickness of your wheelchair’s tire and wheel. For manual wheelchairs, space 25 to 30 ties evenly around each wheel and make sure the tie heads point slightly away from the tire. To avoid hurting your hands, the tie heads should be placed on the inside of the wheel and not downward under the tire. This will help dig into the snow to make for an easier ride.

  • Have a Back-Up Power Source

The winter weather can create additional obstacles for those with limited mobility. If you have an electric wheelchair or other medical equipment that requires electric power, be prepared with a back-up power source such as a portable generator.  This will ensure you are equipped in the event of an emergency.

  • Utilize Portable Ramps

To give you peace of mind no matter your location this winter, portable ramps from EZ-ACCESS are a simple and versatile solution for those with limited mobility. These ramps can be easily transported to help you safely enter and exit vehicles as well as avoid snowy staircases and curbs. With a large variety of options as well as non-slip surfaces for additional traction, you can find the one best suited for your individual needs.

The upcoming winter months can be daunting, but with these helpful tips and products from EZ-ACCESS, you can enjoy this time of year to the fullest. For more information on how EZ-ACCESS can help you get the security you deserve year-round, contact our team today.

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Your Home

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Mother Nature can be really unkind at times. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, be it a summer tornado or a blizzard in winter, the weather is unpredictable and can turn severe. During these times, it’s important that you have an emergency preparedness plan. In observance of National Preparedness Month, EZ-ACCESS is here to offer you tips that will help you prepare for when the skies get dark, especially if you have limited mobility.

Have a Plan

As simple as it seems, it all starts with having a plan. Make sure you have a plan in place for what to do if the weather turns severe. This plan should include communication, a list of who in your home is responsible for certain tasks, how to handle food (especially for individuals with dietary restrictions) and accommodating those with limited mobility.

Keep a Kit

An emergency preparedness kit is filled with batteries, blankets, flashlights, non-perishable food items and other important items. Individuals with limited mobility should consider having their own, specialized emergency kit, which can include:

  • Extra batteries for mobility scooters or power chairs.
  • A patch kit to repair damaged tires on mobility devices.
  • A lightweight, manual wheelchair to replace a damaged power mobility device.
  • Portable ramps to get around levels of the home.

Wait for Help

Unless the situation absolutely calls for it, you shouldn’t leave your home during a weather emergency. Even after the weather lets up, there may be damage to roads, downed power lines or other hazards that need to be handled by emergency personnel.

Knowing what to do in an emergency situation is important and can save your life. Be proactive, because having a plan now is much better than improvising later. To get the ramps you need to make sure your home remains accessible during severe weather, user our dealer locator tool to find a place to get your EZ-ACCESS ramp near you.