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 Emergency Quick Reference Checklist
Create a self help network
Do you and your caregiver have a place to go if evacuation is necessary?
How are you and your caregiver getting there?
List evacuation address(es) and emergency contact information.
Will personal transport assistance be required (ex. lifting or moving the patient)?
If you have pets, can you take them with you? If not, what arrangements have you made for them (eg. boarding facility, relative or family friend)?
Have you discussed your emergency plans with other family members or friends?
Planning considerations
Stay or go, plan for both possibilities.
Go over ‘shelter in place’ procedures.
If you self-evacuate, leave early, don’t wait until the last minute. Review evacuation routes.
If you stay, make sure you have necessary supplied on hand
for patient, caregiver, and pet. (Food, water, medication, etc.) Recommended 1 to 2 weeks supply.
Prepare for power outages (extend power outages).
Shelter realty
General Population (parish run) may or may not have adequate resources, such as cots, blankets, restroom facilities, etc. Personal space pre- storm 20 sq. ft., post-storm 40 sq. ft. with no privacy, mixture of adults and children.
Medical Special Needs Shelters (MSNS) (DHH/DCFS run) require a caregiver accompany patient and stay to assist with ongoing support. No privacy, mixture of adults and children.
Critical Transportation Needs Shelters (CTNS) (state run in designated parishes) are reserved for citizens that must evacuate utilizing government sponsored transportation. No privacy mixture of adults and children.
Most shelters do not accept pets, only service animals.
Patients who are on homebound life support or are home health patients, know this: During many emergencies, emergency vehicles will not be able to pick you up. If you are going to evacuate, make arrangements early.
Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your personal support network.
Create and post a list of friends and family with phone numbers to call for help should the need arise.
Important Notes
Formulate a family emergency plan for self-resiliency
Assemble a disaster supply kit Create a communication plan Know evacuation routes
Stay informed (TV, radio, social media)

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