How To Prepare a Wildfire Emergency Kit for Individuals with Communication Impairments by Chrissy Stamegna
Posted on November 6, 2023
As a caregiver of a loved one with a communication impairment, you know how important it is to be prepared for any emergency. Wildfires can happen without warning, leaving little time to gather essential items. For individuals with brain injuries or aphasia, it can be especially challenging to communicate their needs and get the help they require. That's why it's crucial to have a wildfire emergency kit ready for them. Today’s article will suggest what to include in the emergency kit to ensure you and your loved one are prepared for any wildfire emergency.
When creating a wildfire emergency kit for individuals with communication impairments, communication aids should be at the top of the list. It's crucial to have communication tools that can help them convey their needs and stay calm during an emergency. Here are some useful communication aids that you can include in the emergency kit:
- Picture cards: These cards can be useful for your loved one to communicate basic needs and emotions.
- Speech-generating devices: Portable speech-generating devices can be programmed with personalized messages that your loved one can use to communicate their needs.
- Writing materials: A notebook, a pen or a dry-erase board can be helpful for individuals who can still write but have difficulty speaking.
In addition to communication aids, the wildfire emergency kit should contain the necessary supplies to help your loved one remain comfortable and healthy. Here are some of the necessary supplies to include:
- Medications: Make sure to include a sufficient supply of any necessary medications and a list of dosage instructions and contact information for the prescribing doctor.
- Water and non-perishable food: Include a supply of bottled water and non-perishable food items, such as granola bars or canned goods.
- First aid kit: Include a first aid kit with basic supplies, such as bandages, antiseptic, and gloves.
- Clothing and blankets: Include a change of clothes and a warm blanket in case of cold weather.
- Important documents: Make sure to include copies of important documents, such as insurance policies, identification, and medical records.
Emergency Contact Information:
It's crucial to have the necessary emergency contact information readily available in the wildfire emergency kit. Here's what to include:
- Contact information for family members and caregivers: Ensure that phone numbers and email addresses for all family members and caregivers who may need to be contacted in an emergency are available.
- Contact information for medical professionals: Include contact information for doctors, therapists, and other medical professionals who are involved in the individual's care.
- Contact information for emergency services: Include phone numbers for local emergency services, such as the fire department and ambulance service.
Preparing a wildfire emergency kit for individuals with communication impairments requires a little extra effort, but it can make all the difference in an emergency. By including communication aids, necessary supplies, and emergency contact information, you can ensure that your loved one with a brain injury or aphasia is well-prepared for any wildfire emergency. Make sure to review and update the emergency kit regularly to ensure that all necessary items are up-to-date and that you are ready to face any challenge that may come your way.