Emergency Preparedness Tips for Persons with Visual Disabilities


  • If a person with a visual disability uses a cane, it is wise to keep extras in strategic, consistent and secured locations at work, at home or at school.
  • Practice maneuvering around familiar and non-familiar obstacles and hazards at work, at home, or at school.
  • Keep a spare cane in your home emergency kit.  

Alternate Mobility Preparedness

  • Persons with low vision might place security lights in each room to light paths for travel. These lights plug into electric wall outlets and light up automatically if there is a loss of power. They will continue to operate automatically for one to six hours and can be turned off manually. They can also be used as a short-lasting flashlight.
  • Store high-powered flashlights with wide beams and extra batteries.
  • Plan and practice for loss of auditory clues that you might normally rely on to maneuver at work, home or at school.
  • Service animals may become confused, panicked, frightened or disoriented during and after a disaster. Keep them confined or securely leashed or harnessed.  A leash or harness is an important item for managing a nervous or upset animal. Be prepared to use alternate ways to negotiate your way to safety.

Label supplies

  • If helpful, mark emergency supplies with large print, florescent tape or Braille.

Secure Computers

  • Anchor special equipment and large pieces of furniture, such as computers, bookcases and shelves, in your office or at home.  Create a computer backup system for important data and store it off site. 

Advocacy Issues:

  • Advocate that TV and radio news post important telephone numbers as well as announce them slowly and repeat them frequently.

For more information, use this link to FEMA

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