Earthquake Tips for People With Communication and Speech Related Disabilities

This fact sheet is designed to provide a check list for activities for People with Communication and Speech Related Disabilities to improve your emergency preparedness in an earthquake. It is designed to be used in conjunction with Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco's general EARTHQUAKE TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, TIPS FOR COLLECTING EMERGENCY DOCUMENTS, and TIPS FOR CREATING AN EMERGENCY HEALTH INFORMATION CARD. Without all four tip sheets, you do not have all the information you need to be prepared. Preparation may seem like a lot of work. It is. Preparing does take time and effort. So do a little at a time, as your energy and budget permit. The important thing is to start preparing. The more you do, the more confident you will be that you can protect your self, your family, and your belongings.


__________ How Will You Communicate?

__________ Store Communication Aids in all Emergency Kits.

__________ Complete Emergency Health Information Card with Communication Information.

__________ Batteries or Chargers for Communication Equipment.


Determine how you will communicate with emergency personnel if you do not have your communication devices (augmentative communication device, word board, artificial larynx).

Communication Aids

Store copies of a word or letter board, paper and writing materials, pre-printed messages and key phrases specific to an anticipated emergency, in all your emergency kits, your wallet, purse, etc.

Emergency Health Information Card

Make sure emergency health information card explains the best method to communicate with you, ie: written notes, pointing to letters/words/pictures, finding a quiet place.

Alternate Power Source

Obtain an alternative power source (i.e., power converter, batteries) if you use a computer or laptop computer as a means of frequent communication.

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Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco
70 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
In cooperation with June Kailes,
through a grant from The American Red Cross
Northern California Disaster Preparedness Network