Hurricane Irma – Stay Safe By Making a Plan!
How to be prepared by FND
FND Emergency Info Sheet
For you loved ones with special needs. Please fill out, put in a zip-lock plastic bag and have with each person at all times during sever weather.
Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Mobility, hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can create specific needs that individuals need to address to be able to respond to an emergency. We urge everyone to become “Red Cross Ready” for any urgent situation, which means assembling a survival kit, making an emergency plan, and being informed. In addition, people with disabilities, and their caregivers may benefit from the tips below about managing communications, equipment, service animals, pets, and home hazards.
The links provided are contact information for your county Special Needs Registry. The information we are able to provide varies: some counties have registration forms available online in a downloadable format or that can be electronically submitted, while others may have only a telephone number for registration.
Why should you register?
To receive important information from local emergency management officials about evacuation and sheltering options available to you.
IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Will my privacy be protected?
The information within the registry will only be used in the planning for and provision of emergency and/or disaster services. Additionally, Florida Statute 252.905 declares any information furnished by a person or business to the Florida Division of Emergency Management for the purpose of being provided assistance with emergency planning is exempt from F.S. 119.07 (1) and s. 24 (a), Art. I of the State Constitution. Information provided through the registry is therefore exempt from public records requests made of the Division.
Completing the Florida Special Needs Registry does not automatically qualify the individual for a special needs shelter. Additional information will be provided by your local emergency management agency regarding evacuation and sheltering options available to you. For more information on your local options, please visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/disability/specialneeds for contact information.
Picture Based Supports To Help Children Understand Whats Happening
Emergencies can be overwhelming, particularly for young children. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, families can find strength and resilience within their community.
EDUCATION RIGHTS OF CHILDREN DISPLACED OR HOMELESS DUE TO NATURAL DISASTERS
“22. Is a LEA receiving students with disabilities displaced by the hurricane required to provide special education services?
Yes, despite this disaster a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is required to be provided for all students with disabilities. If parents report a child has received services in the past, though records are not present, serve the student as though s/he has a disability and determine which services to provide using the best information available including student and parent interviews, and then follow the regular records request procedures to verify the student’s need for special education services.”
There is great information on what to d after Irma comes and we are in recovery. Again this is not a page about Irma but one set up by the Department of Education after Sandy.