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September is National Preparedness Month – Are you Ready?

Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Mobility, hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can create specific needs that individuals must address to be able to respond to an emergency. Ask yourself some basic questions: Do you regularly need assistance with personal care, such as bathing and grooming? What will you do if water service is […]


Canary All-in-one Home Security System

Canary is an all-in-one home security system that features an HD video camera and sensors for motion detection, temperature control, air quality control, vibration, and sound. Canary automatically sends out alerts whenever it senses a change in the home environment in order to keep your home safe. Canary has a companion app so users can […]

Plan for Power Outage

How many times do the lights go out in your house?  While most of the time, this does not last long, you must be prepared in case of a longer outage. Plan alternative ways to charge your mobile devices, and communication and assistive technology devices before disaster strikes. Plan how you will address your dependence […]

Create An Emergency Supply Kit

During National Emergency Preparedness Month, you might want to check your Emergency Suppy Kit. To create an Emergency Supply Kit, you should: Stock a basic disaster supply kit. Plan for sheltering at home, at work and on the road. Inventory what you use every day to maintain your health, safety and independence. Identify essential items […]

Emergency Communication Plan

September is National Preparedness Month.  If you do not have an Emergency Communication Plan, now is the time to get together with family and friends to make one. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the […]

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Prepare for a Disaster in a Year Series – Out of Area Contacts

FEMA recommends that every family have a person who lives at least 100 miles away who will be your out-of-state contact person.  Local phone systems may not work in a disaster, but you may be able to make a long distance call.  The entire family should have the same contact person and have their telephone […]

Crisis Hotline for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Crisis Text Line is a lifeline that can benefit people with hearing loss. It gives access to free, 24/7 crisis care for those who are not able to use traditional crisis hotlines. To use the Crisis Text Line:  Text “START” to 741-741. It is free, open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and is confidential. […]

Non-Emergency Contact Numbers for 9-1-1 Centers in WV

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month.  This blog reminds all individuals with disabilities that, during an emergency, it is important that first responders, including your local 9-1-1 center, are aware of any special needs a person might have.  This can include assistive devices, such as a wheelchair or mobility device, communication device, or hearing aid; […]

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month.  There are many things individuals with disabilities can do to prepare themselves in case of emergencies.  Among these are: making sure you know where to find information about the emergency and what is going on letting your local 911 and emergency services office know that you are a person […]

Prepare for a Disaster in a Year Series – September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month.  When a disaster happens there is not always enough time to gather the things that your family will need in an emergency.  However, taking the time to prepare can be a very overwhelming.  This is the first in a series of blogs to assist you with your family emergency preparedness […]

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