How to Protect Disabled People During an Earthquake?
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“Disable people have the right to participate fully and live independently in all respects of life on as same basis with others in information, communications and other services including emergency services.”
If people are well educated, informed and motivated towards a culture of disaster resilience and prevention, disasters can be substantially reduced. Also, it requires the collection, compilation and dissemination of information and relevant knowledge of hazards, capacities and vulnerabilities.
People with disabilities can follow this steps to reduce earthquake related injuries and death.
- Get as low as possible and stay away from windows or other items that can fall on you.
- Do not try to move away from your wheelchair, recliner, bed during the shaking. Wait for the shaking to stop before transferring.
- If you use a wheelchair, then lock your wheels and seated until the shaking stops.
- Always protect your head and neck with your arms, book, pillow, etc.
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People with Physical Disabilities or Movement Limitations:
- The earthquake shaking motion may increase difficulties for those who have mobility or balance issues.
- Get to the floor in a seating position and against an inside wall.
- Protect your head and neck with your arms.
People who are Deaf:
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People who are Blind or have Low Vision:
- Earthquakes can cause furniture to shift and items to fall.
- Afterwards regular sound clues may not be available.
- After shaking stops, move with caution.
- Keep a simple list of what to do and important information with you and in your kits for the people who have difficulty in understanding, remembering, learning.
- Practice your plan in advance.
- If anyone use augmentative communication supports, include these in your planning.