Earthquake/Volcanic Eruption and People With Special Needs
Alor Dive will offer you some
first information about earthquake and people with special
Persons with Disabilities
Before an earthquake:
Write down any specific needs, limitations, and capabilities that
you have, and any medications you take. Make a copy of the list and
put it in your purse or wallet.
Find someone (a spouse, roommate, friend, neighbor, relative, or
co-worker) to help you in case of an emergency. Give them the list.
You may wish to provide a spare key to your home, or let them know
where they can find one in an emergency.
During an earthquake:
If you are confined to a wheelchair, try to get under a doorway
or into an inside corner, lock the wheels, and cover your head with
your arms. Remove any items that are not securely attached to the
If you are able, seek shelter under a sturdy table or desk. Stay
away from outer walls, windows, fireplaces, and hanging objects.
If unable to move from a bed or chair, protect yourself from falling
objects by covering up with blankets and pillows.
If you are outside, go to an open area away from trees, telephone
poles, and buildings, and stay there.
After an earthquake:
If you are trapped, try to attract attention to your location.
Turn on your battery-operated TV or radio to receive emergency information
If you can, help others in need.
Here are some suggestions:
Explain that an earthquake is a natural event and not anyone's fault.
Talk about your own experiences with natural disasters, or read
aloud books about earthquakes.
Encourage your child to express feelings of fear. Listen carefully
and show understanding.
Your child may need both verbal and physical reassurance that everything
will be all right.
Tell your child that the situation is not permanent.
Include your child in clean-up activities. It is comforting to the
child to watch the household begin to return to normal and to have
a job to do.
NOTE: Symptoms of anxiety may not appear for weeks or even months after
an earthquake, and can
affect people of any age. If anxiety disrupts daily activities for any
member of your family, seek
professional assistance through a school counselor, community religious
physician, or a licensed professional listed under "mental health
services" in the yellow pages of your