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.