Special Needs

Remember to plan for the special needs of infants, the elderly and persons with disabilities when preparing your kit.

For Baby

Include the following items for a baby:
  • Bottles
  • Diapers
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Formula
  • Medications
  • Moist towelettes
  • Powdered milk

For Adults, Seniors and/or People with Disabilities

Include the following items for adults, seniors, or people with disabilities:
  • Plan how you will evacuate or signal for help.
  • Contact your city or county government's emergency information management office. Many local offices keep lists of people with disabilities so they can be located quickly in a sudden emergency.
  • Create a support network to help in an emergency and give one member of your support network a key to your house or apartment.
  • Plan emergency procedures with home health care agencies or workers.
  • If you are dependent on dialysis or other life sustaining treatment, know the location and availability of more than one facility.

Important Items

Gather the following important items:
  • Copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • Denture needs
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra wheelchair batteries or other special equipment
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • List of your doctors and emergency contacts, relatives, or friends who should be notified if you are hurt.
  • The style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers.
  • Label equipment like wheelchairs, canes or walkers.
  • Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported.
  • Prescription medication - List all prescription medications, including dosage, in your supply kit. Include any allergies.
  • Ask your doctor about storing prescription medications such as heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin and other prescription drugs.
  • Teach others how to operate necessary equipment and tell others where you keep your emergency supplies.
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to help identify your disability.