Earthquake Tips for People Who Use Life Support Systems

(dialysis, respirator, oxygen,suction, Itravenous pump or infusion therapy)

Prepare Now

This fact sheet is designed to provide a checklist for activities for people who use Life Support Systems 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 yourself, your family, and your belongings.


__________ Secure Equipment.

__________ Maintain current list of Alternate Providers.

__________ Obtain Alternate Power source.

__________ Obtain a Generator.

__________ Oxygen Users.

__________ Regularly Test and Back Up power supply.

__________ Register with Utility Company.

__________ Teach a Personal Support Network how to operate and safely move your equipment.

Secure Equipment.

Secure any life support equipment to prevent damage from falling. If you use a chain to secure equipment, make sure it is a welded (not bent) chain.

Alternate Providers

Determine which facilities/providers would serve you in the event that your home system becomes inoperable or your provider is unable to provide you service.

Alternate Power

Obtain a Generator

Oxygen Users

Regular Test Backup

Utility Company Registry

Personal Support Network

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