Be Prepared for an Emergency

Emergency Preparedness

Be Ready, Make a Plan

The goal of being prepared for an emergency is to maintain continuity of your care and keep you safe. Your safety is our main priority. Being prepared for emergency situations such as house fires, hurricanes, floods or other natural disasters is vitally important. The following pages provide guidance on how to create an Emergency Plan so you can prepare yourself on what needs to be done before, during and after an emergency.

3 Steps to Prepare

Step 1: Prepare a “Go Bag” – a collection of things you would want if you must leave in a hurry.

Your “Go Bag” should be sturdy and easy to carry, like a backpack or a small suitcase on wheels. You should plan on including basic supplies such as food, water and batteries, and charge all electronic devices ahead of time. Make sure to include medications and medical supplies for a minimum of three days and any additional items that are important to your everyday needs such as eyeglasses or hearing aids.

Step 2: Create a Plan of Action – a plan for what will you do in an emergency.

  • What will you need?
  • Where will you go if you need to evacuate?
  • Who will be assist you?
  • Did you notify your RN Case Manager?
  • Start gathering your personal information, such as insurance cards and identification, and
    make a list of emergency contacts. Make copies of your important documents, including but
    not limited to: DNR, MOLST, social security card and copy of your current medication list.
    Place them in a waterproof container in your “Go Bag”.
  • If you use electrical or battery-dependent assistive technology and/or medical devices, it is essential that you plan ahead. Some of these devices may include:
    • Breathing machines (respirators, ventilators and nebulizers)
    • Power wheelchairs and scooters
    • Oxygen or suction machines
  • Create an evacuation plan in the event you need to leave your home;
    • Know where to find your “Go Bag.”
    • Know how to reach your emergency contacts.
    • Provide your contact information and location to your RN Case Manager.
    • Know how to operate your medical equipment.

Step 3: Get Informed 

It is important to get informed about the possible emergencies and disasters that typically affect your area and the resources that are available to you. Below are a few to help you get started; you may also access City of New York resources by calling 311 (TTY: (212) 504-4115), or use NYC.gov to contact City agencies. Do not call 911 for non-emergencies or to report a power outage.

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