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Emergency Preparedness

 

CIL Disability Resource Center is your resource for and to provide guidance to state, county and local agencies groups and individuals on disability and accessibility issues for emergency management.

Emergency Preparedness and Disability Resources (Florida)   

Emergency Preparedness and Disability Resources  (National)

Hurricane Matthew Information (October 26, 2016): 

Disaster Assistance Flyers are available in 9 different languages in addition to English disaster-assistance-flyer-landscape-may-2016.  If you require a different language, contact: Toddrick Bowens, 202-455-9046, toddrick.bowens@fema.dhs.gov

Link to the FEMA Mobile Application:

https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

 

Link to the FEMA Disaster Registration Site:

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Also, FEMA Disability Integration has funds to replace assistive devices, including hearing aids, dentures, wheelchairs and even motorized scooters lost in the storms.  They will be surveying for unmet needs in the disability community shortly.  So if you have consumers that have items that were lost or damaged in the storms, let them know to make those needs known to FEMA ASAP.  FEMA is moving quickly on disaster relief and already has awarded a substantial amount of dollars in grants.

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON MEDICATION REFILLS DURING AN EMERGENCY:

2014 Florida Statutes 252.358

Emergency-preparedness prescription medication refills.—All health insurers, managed care organizations, and other entities that are licensed by the Office of Insurance Regulation and provide prescription medication coverage as part of a policy or contract shall waive time restrictions on prescription medication refills, which include suspension of electronic “refill too soon” edits to pharmacies, to enable insureds or subscribers to refill prescriptions in advance, if there are authorized refills remaining, and shall authorize payment to pharmacies for at least a 30-day supply of any prescription medication, regardless of the date upon which the prescription had most recently been filled by a pharmacist, when the following conditions occur:

(1) The person seeking the prescription medication refill resides in a county that:

(a) Is under a hurricane warning issued by the National Weather Service;

(b) Is declared to be under a state of emergency in an executive order issued by the Governor;

or

(c) Has activated its emergency operations center and its emergency management plan.

(2) The prescription medication refill is requested within 30 days after the origination date of the conditions stated in this section or until such conditions are terminated by the issuing authority or no longer exist. The time period for the waiver of prescription medication refills may be extended in 15- or 30-day increments by emergency orders issued by the Office of Insurance Regulation.

 

DON’T LET EMERGENCY PLANNING OR PREPARATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS OR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BECOME AN AFTERTHOUGHT.