Anderson Children's Foundation

United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire

United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire

Abilities First Emergency Preparedness Plan (2017-2018)

The purpose of the Abilities First Emergency Preparedness Plan is to provide training and safety equipment to family caregivers of children with disabilities. The training will teach family caregivers how to keep children with disabilities safe in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. It will also provide them with a home emergency preparedness kit. Training will be provided for 120 family caregivers in the Coachella Valley. This training will be provided in partnership with the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD). SCDD will be conducting the training in accordance to standards set forth by their guide, Let’s Get Prepared, California’s Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities. The training session is a one day two hour course. It will be held on August 19th, 2017 at the Cathedral City senior center. The course will certify participation in the two hour training planÍž upon successful completion of the training all participants will receive a family emergency kit to include a home fire extinguisher and first aid kit. 

The reason this is important is the fact the Coachella Valley sits on the San Andreas Fault Line and a large earthquake is likely. In addition, to a concern of a large earthquake children with special needs in the Coachella Valley are at increased risk of injury during a fire or electrical blackout due to their complex medical needs. According to Center for Disease Control, “children with disabilities sometimes have added challenges during an emergency situation compared to children without disabilities. For instance, children with disabilities may have a hard time moving from one location to another, have difficulty communicating, or have trouble adjusting to different situations. Additional, preparation may be needed while planning for an emergency or disaster situation for children and youth with disabilities.” These challenges are addressed and solved through this project.

Contact Person: Sofia Campos

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