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Preparing for an emergency with a mobility disability

Updated December 3, 2015

Major emergencies or disasters can happen in Calgary. Being prepared before disaster strikes is the best way to manage an emergency situation. For someone who has reduced mobility, emergency planning requires some additional thought. The following information will help you start planning for an emergency. Download a copy of the Persons with Disabilities Guide ​​or call 311 to have one sent to you.

Build a support network

Emergency situations can be very stressful. Creating an emergency contact list will make it easier for you to know who to call and where you can go. Keep a copy of this list in your emergency kit and on your person.

As part of your family emergency plan, you should have contacts both in and out of the city who can help you and your family in an emergency. Include the names, phone numbers and addresses of these people in your phone and 72-hour kit.

Plan for an evacuation

  • Familiarize yourself with all escape routes, emergency exits and emergency equipment in your home. If you live in an apartment building, try to live on the lower floor if possible.
  • If you are in a wheelchair, know how much it weighs and if it can be easily transported. Know of several different ways to exit a building in the event that elevators are not working or your main route is compromised.
  • If you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter, store a lightweight manual wheelchair as a possible backup.
  • Evacuation devices can be used if you have to leave a wheelchair behind. Lightweight chairs can be used to carry you downstairs.
  • Be prepared to give brief instructions regarding how to move you, should it be required.

Build an emergency kit

In addition to storing food, water, a First Aid kit, important documents and other basic items, you should start thinking about any additional items you might need in your kit. What do you use on a daily basis? What would you need if you had to leave your home for a long period of time?

  • If applicable, consider including a tire patch kit, seal-in-air product, inner tubes, a backup battery and spare catheters.
  • Keep a pair of heavy gloves in your kit o use while wheeling or making your way over glass and debris.


Household Emergency Action Plan

Plain Language Brochure

72-hour kit

Emergency Contact Sheet