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Illinois releases preparedness guide for those with disabilities

Emergency Management Alert, December 9, 2008

The state of Illinois has released a comprehensive disaster preparedness guidebook for senior citizens, people with physical limitations, and those with special needs.

“Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs”was developed by a team of emergency management and health professionals as well as the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, according to Government Technology.These guidelines apply to people with visual, cognitive or mobility impairments, the deaf or hard of hearing, those who use service animals or life support systems, and seniors. The document outlines specific steps citizens in this demographic should take in order to stay safe.

The guidelines will be available on the Ready Illinois Web site, which was launched in September 2007, so that emergency management resources would be easily accessible to everyone in the state.

To download the guidelines, click here.

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