If you or someone you know has a disability, you may have more to think about as you plan for emergencies. New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) in coordination with the NYC Department for the Aging and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has developed this helpful guide(s):
Ready New York: My Emergency Plan is a workbook designed to assist New Yorkers with disabilities to create an emergency plan.
For more information contact 311 or (212)-639-9675 or dial 711 Video Relay.
Normal ways of communicating during an emergency may become disrupted. Therefore, developing a support network is important. This support network could consist of local and out-of area contacts, including family and friends, co-workers and others who support you. Make sure to go over your plan with your contacts. Record the ways you prefer to communicate with others that way, first responders can contact your support network in the event you are unable to communicate. Here are some helpful tips.
For more information on communicating during an emergency visit NYCEM Disability Access and Functional Needs Page
For transportation considerations visit http://www.mta.info/, before an emergency or contact 311 or call (212)-639-9675 to locate accessible transportation options. These options can include subways, buses, Access-A-Ride, and accessible taxis. New York City Accessible Public Transportation Options
During an evacuation order a person with a disability can contact 311 or call (212)-639-9675 and depending on need and will be taken to either an accessible evacuation center in an accessible vehicle or a hospital outside the evacuation zone.
The Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder provides information on evacuation zones and evacuation centers. A person can also contact 311 or call (212-639-9675 for information.
People who utilize life-sustaining equipment (LSE) should contact their utility providers in order to register for a priority power restoration program:
Con Edison (serving all of NYC except the Rockaways)
Con Edison's Special Services Website
PSEG-LI (serving the Rockaways)
PSEG's Critical Care Program