To start planning for any serious disaster, think of being self-sufficient for at least three days without any utilities or open stores.
If a disaster occurs, one's own home is often the best place to stay. With that in mind, plan on stocking bottled water, several flashlights, a week's supply of medicine, first aid kit, battery operated radio or television, whistle to attract attention, wrench to turn off gas, and garbage bags for personal waste.
Other supplies can include non-perishable food and extra equipment, pet food, blankets, and other daily goods. Money, duct tape, and cleaning supplies also are handy.
To prepare a home for disaster, eliminate hazards. Secure items, store records in a fireproof container, and know the location of utility shut-off valves. It is also good to have an emergency support network set up of people you know. This network should include local and out-of-state persons who can be contacted for information.
If the disaster is an earthquake, stay put, get under a sturdy object, and cover your head. Wheelchair users should go into a doorway that doesn't have a door and cover their heads. Be prepared for after shocks and keep plenty of water on hand in case water is contaminated. #1016
Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco. (n.d.). Earthquake tips for people with disabilities. San Francisco, CA: Author. Retrieved February 20, 2002, from http://www.preparenow.org/ba-eprep.html.