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Emergency Preparedness for Arkansans with Functional and Access Needs
In Arkansas, nobody wants to think about experiencing a natural disaster like a tornado, flood, ice storm or house fire. What would you do if you found yourself in an emergency situation? It’s important to plan ahead. Especially if you have a disability, or are a caregiver for someone who does. We’ve put together a checklist that can help you prepare for the worst.
See our Emergency Preparedness Resource Page for more information.
05/30/19 NEWS - For Immediate Release
Information Contact: Eric Munson, Executive Director
501-682-2912 • email@example.com
Governor’s Council releases emergency preparedness checklist for individuals with developmental disabilities
Checklist to help Arkansans prepare for current severe weather and flooding threats
LITTLE ROCK (May 30, 2019) – The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (the Council) has released an emergency preparedness checklist to assist individuals with a developmental disability (DD) as they prepare to be impacted by upcoming severe weather and the threat of potential flooding in their area this week.
“This emergency preparedness checklist has been of utmost importance to the Council as we have identified a gap of information and resources for Arkansans who have a developmental disability,” said Eric Munson, executive director of the Council. “It is our goal to empower these populations with appropriate and accessible information as much of our state is being impacted by record-setting flooding and continual severe weather threats.”
The emergency preparedness checklist provides information detailing what an individual with DD should consider regarding medical equipment, medications, vital records, emergency kits and more. It also includes education on how to develop a personal support network and information they need to know with in case an emergency strikes, such as how to operate medical equipment, responses to emergency personnel, and how to safely and properly assist an individual with DD in the event of an evacuation.
“Over the last several months, we have been working closely with FEMA, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Arkansas Department of Human Services representatives and other entities to identify what emergency information and services are available to Arkansans with DD and how we can assist in informing this population,” said Munson.
The checklist is available for free download on GCDD.arkansas.gov. The Council will also release an emergency preparedness video within the coming months.
About the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities:
The Council is a federally funded state agency that promotes integration, inclusion and independence for
Arkansans with developmental disabilities. Council members are self-advocates, relatives and/or caregivers of individuals with DD, state agency directors, and representation from nonprofit and private organizations. The Council works to encourage self-advocacy; to remove barriers to information, services and support; to
advocate for policy changes; to develop and support coalitions; and to educate community leaders. For more
information about the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and its mission, visit GCDD.arkansas.gov and follow the Council on Facebook and Twitter.