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Storm season preparations are essential for those with special needs

By LCEC - | Jun 9, 2021

Depending on the severity of storms that come our way this season, power outages may occur. Hopefully you have already prepared yourself and your loved ones, but it is essential to prepare those with special needs before a storm heads our way.

The following are some tips to keep those with special needs safe this season:

– Have a plan in place to ensure the continuity of any life-support needs. This may include making special arrangements to spend time with a friend or relative during an outage or using a back-up generator.

– If you use a back-up generator, please be responsible for the safe installation, use and maintenance of any back-up power.

– Keep phone numbers of emergency response agencies, such as the hospital, fire department and police, in a convenient location in the event emergency assistance is needed.

– Ensure that you have a back-up telephone if you use a cordless or other telephone that is dependent on electricity.

– Have a battery-powered radio on hand and a supply of fresh batteries to remain aware of news and other information.

– Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy.

If preferred, those needing assistance can apply for special needs programs which provide shelter and transportation free of charge during tropical storms and hurricanes. Applications can be found online according to what county you live in. For information on Lee County’s Special Needs Program, visit https://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/shelters/specialneedsprogram or contact 239-533-0640.

For more information on storm safety, including LCEC’s Hurricane Guide, visit www.lcec.net.