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Preparing for Natural Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs

Outline: Helpful excerpts from the FEMA and American Red Cross booklet on helping people with disabilities, seniors, and special needs population, prepare for emergencies.

Main Digest

About 56.7 million people - 19 percent of the U.S. population - have a disability, with more than half reporting a severe disability, according to a U.S. Census report.

FEMA and The American Red Cross have published a booklet to help people with disabilities prepare to protect themselves, their personal care assistant and others in case of an emergency. The booklet also applies to elderly and other special needs populations.

Helpful Excerpts from the Booklet

Hurricane aftermath photo showing eroded beach wall and tilted houses.
Hurricane aftermath photo showing eroded beach wall and tilted houses.

Hurricane aftermath photo showing demolished houses.
Hurricane aftermath photo showing demolished houses.

Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis

Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that helps individuals who are legally blind maintain dignity and independence through gainful employment, education and support services.

For details about Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis services and programs, please call 800.542.3697 or 314.423.4333, or visit the web site www.lhbindustries.com

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