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Does a spinal cord injury affect disaster preparation?

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2015 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in car accidents on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

A person who has a spinal cord injury knows that the injury can affect every aspect of life. For many people, the issues that occur in daily life are the primary focus. But, have you ever considered how a spinal cord injury might affect the way that you prepare for a possible disaster? If not, you should.

How can a spinal cord injury affect disaster preparation?

The limitations of movement caused by a spinal cord injury can pose a problem during a disaster. Getting out of a flooding home, getting necessary medications and keeping required equipment powered during a disaster are some of the complications that can occur. For a person who depends on a ventilator, not having power can be life threatening.

How can I prepare for a disaster if I have a spinal cord injury?

Trying to prepare for a disaster as early as possible is vital for a person with a spinal cord injury. You should never assume that you will be okay. If you know that a disaster is imminent, such as a blizzard, you should put your disaster plan in place. When you are preparing for a disaster, make a bag that has your essential items so that you can leave quickly if things go bad faster than you anticipated. Make sure you include any personal documents, medications and critical information. If you have a generator, make sure that it is in good condition and ready to go. Finally, contact social services agencies to let them know how you will respond to the disaster so that you can determine if any help is available.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury during a car accident, you know that disaster preparation is only one potential problem you have to cope with. Other problems, as well as disaster preparation, might put a strain on your finances. Seeking compensation might help you to reduce that strain.