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    SOURCE: LIFE of Mississippi (Living Independence for Everyone) http://www.lifeofms .com/page10. html ARE YOU READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON? Prepare Early Steps
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 1, 2008
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      SOURCE: LIFE of Mississippi (Living Independence for Everyone)
      http://www.lifeofms .com/page10. html

      ARE YOU READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON?

      Prepare Early

      Steps You Can Take Now to Get Ready:

      � DIRECT DEPOSIT - Are your paychecks and/or social security checks
      directly deposited into your bank accounts? Katrina hit on August
      29 - many people did not receive their checks for weeks afterward,
      yet, desperately needed money. If you will have these checks
      directly deposited you can use your bank card.

      � AMPLE MEDICATION - Speak to your doctor now about obtaining a 14
      day supply of medications in case you have to evacuate, or the
      stores are not open, or there is no transportation.

      � HURRICANE SURVIVAL KIT - We recommend you pack a survival kit now
      with needed items. Items to keep in the kit at all times are:
      ** 3 - 7 day supply of water (1 gallon a day for each person),
      ** Non-perishable food and a hand operated can opener (don't forget
      a few pots, pans, forks and plates)

      ** Portable battery powered radio or television and extra batteries,

      ** Flashlight and extra batteries,

      ** First Aid Kit,

      ** Sanitary Items such as moist towelettes, toilet paper,

      ** Matches in a waterproof container,

      ** Extra clothing and blankets,

      ** Cash, coins and copies of ID cards, medical cards and credit
      cards (this is recommended in case you lose your cards to the storm,
      you can quickly call and cancel them).

      Early Warnings:

      �Stay tuned to the National Weather Service, Listen and Watch for
      These Terms: HURRICANE WATCH - A Hurricane Watch means that severe
      weather is threatening and may occur in your area. Continue to watch
      or listen to the television or radio for more information and
      advice.

      � HURRICANE WARNING - A Hurricane Warning means that a Hurricane
      will likely hit your area SOON. This is a time to take action to
      protect yourself and loved ones. We recommend you EVACUATE
      IMMEDIATELY!

      EVACUATING:

      � The Civil Defense and the American Medical Response (AMR)
      recommend that people with disabilities evacuate early and not wait
      for an evacuation order. Some reasons for this are:

      1) The highways and evacuation routes become crowded very quickly
      and often exits are closed to keep the traffic moving. Some persons
      with disabilities are unable to sit or ride for long periods of
      time. If you are someone who can not sit in one position for very
      long, you do not want to be stuck on the high way, unable to exit,
      should you need to do so.

      2) Hotel Rooms that are made for people with disabilities, or
      accessible hotel rooms, are often hard to find and will fill up
      quickly. Do your research now and make a list of hotels further
      north that have wheelchair accessible rooms.

      3) The location of Emergency Shelters for People With Disabilities
      are not announced until about 2 hours before a hurricane makes
      landfall. By then it may be too late for you to leave your home.
      Hospitals DO NOT shelter people with disabilities so this will not
      be an option for you or your family.

      TRANSPORTATION:

      � If you do not have your own transportation, AMR has applications
      available now for people with disabilities who need transportation
      to shelters. Call your local American Medical Response office and
      get a copy of this form, fill it out and give it back to them NOW!
      For phone numbers to the local AMR offices you can call the Biloxi
      LIFE of MS office at 228-435-5433

      SHELTERS:

      � Emergency Shelters are available throughout southern and Central
      Mississippi. All shelters are located above I-10. Most shelters are
      located in schools and public buildings. Most shelters are not
      adequately set up for people with disabilities and do not have a lot
      of medical staff or volunteers to help you with medical needs. Most
      do not have air conditioning and food and water are in short supply.
      That is why we recommend that people with disabilities evacuate.
      However, if you are unable to evacuate and have no other choice but
      to go to a shelter, here are some tips that will make this stay a
      little easier.

      � 1) Be ready to tell people what you need - you must advocate for
      yourself! Practice quickly explaining to people how to guide you or
      move you in case of an emergency. Be ready to give clear and
      specific instructions to family members, friends and volunteers,
      such as: "please take my oxygen tank/wheelchair/ insulin/catheter s"
      or "do not bend my knees because they have been fused in a bent
      position" or "I am partially deaf, so please write things down or
      look at me when you speak so I can read your lips" or "I am blind,
      please grasp my right elbow to guide me".

      � 2) Be sure to take any and all special items that you need with
      you, such as hearing aid batteries, diabetic supplies, ostomy
      supplies, oxygen.

      * 3) If you have a service animal, they will be allowed in hotels
      and shelters. Be sure and plan for your service animal as well. Take
      plenty of food and water as well as medications, collars, leashes,
      identification tags, records of vaccinations, toys. Pets are not
      allowed in shelters and hotels. Make plans now for sheltering your
      pet.

      Available Special Needs Shelter

      PASCAGOULA - East Central Community Center (Singing River Hospital
      has agreed to send doctors and nurses to staff it).
      Preparations to evacuate residents who do not have transportation is
      in progress. They are planning on using school buses. Residents must
      provide family and address information to the Red Cross for
      transportation. The school system will go to those locations and
      pick people up and take them to the East Central High School where
      the buses will take them to Red Cross shelters. The buses will
      transport residents back to Jackson County.

      Residents will be limited to one load of personal supplies, and are
      advised to bring necessary items - as if they were going on a
      camping trip. They are currently looking for facilities near
      shelters that can be used for residents with pets. The Red Cross
      does not allow pets in their shelters.

      FEMA trailers will have to evacuate during tropical storms and all
      category hurricanes.

      RESIDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHO WANT TRANSPORTATION NEED TO PRE-
      REGISTER BY CALLING 762-2455 AND ASK FOR ERIN LEE.
      All Pascagoula residents who need transportation in case of an
      evacuation during hurricane season should also call this number.

      PICAYUNE - Schools used for shelters - West Side, Nicholson, South
      Side and Roseland Park. There will only be room for about 1,200
      people in all 4 shelters. Sorry, there is no phone number provided
      to call for any further information.

      STONE COUNTY- A special needs shelter is being planned for
      Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston campus. It will
      serve Stone and Harrison counties.

      HARRISON COUNTY - People with special needs should call the Unmet
      Needs Emergency Management at 897-1358 or 896-0214.
      HIGHWAYS THAT SHOULD BE USED TO EVACUATE:
      Harrison County - Highway 53, Highway 67 or Highway 15
      Jackson County - Highway 57, Highway 63 or Highway 613
      Hancock County - Highway 603, Highway 43 Highway 607 or
      Interstate 59. REMEMBER THAT THE OCEAN SPRINGS/BILOXI BRIDGE AND THE
      BAY/WAVELAND BRIDGE WILL NOT BE REPAIRED FOR EVACUATION.

      AFTER A STORM:

      After a storm, you will likely not have telephone service. Therefore
      communicating with police departments, fire departments, ambulance
      services, doctors, personal assistants, home health providers or
      family and friends will be difficult, if not impossible (another
      reason to EVACUATE). Roads may be damaged or blocked, preventing you
      from leaving home for awhile. Utilities such as electricity, water
      and gas will likely be off. Be sure to let someone - who is not in a
      path of danger - know where you are staying, the address, and if
      possible a phone number to that location. It is scary for family and
      friends to be out of contact with you and unable to learn of your
      safety or know if you need help.

      FOR YOUR PROTECTION

      Remember to protect yourself and your family at home or in a
      shelter. If you have evacuated, which we recommend, remember that
      when you return home, you may be more vulnerable to crime. It is
      common for people to become short-tempered when they are hungry,
      thirsty or hot. Some situations may become dangerous. Remain aware
      of your surroundings, keep valuables, credit cards and ID cards
      safely tucked away, stay in groups whenever possible and BE AWARE.
    • KatrinasAngelsinActionForum@yahoogroups.c
      SOURCE: LIFE of Mississippi (Living Independence for Everyone) http://www.lifeofms .com/page10. html ARE YOU READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON? Prepare Early Steps
      Message 2 of 5 , Aug 1, 2008
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        SOURCE: LIFE of Mississippi (Living Independence for Everyone)
        http://www.lifeofms .com/page10. html

        ARE YOU READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON?

        Prepare Early

        Steps You Can Take Now to Get Ready:

        � DIRECT DEPOSIT - Are your paychecks and/or social security checks
        directly deposited into your bank accounts? Katrina hit on August
        29 - many people did not receive their checks for weeks afterward,
        yet, desperately needed money. If you will have these checks
        directly deposited you can use your bank card.

        � AMPLE MEDICATION - Speak to your doctor now about obtaining a 14
        day supply of medications in case you have to evacuate, or the
        stores are not open, or there is no transportation.

        � HURRICANE SURVIVAL KIT - We recommend you pack a survival kit now
        with needed items. Items to keep in the kit at all times are:
        ** 3 - 7 day supply of water (1 gallon a day for each person),
        ** Non-perishable food and a hand operated can opener (don't forget
        a few pots, pans, forks and plates)

        ** Portable battery powered radio or television and extra batteries,

        ** Flashlight and extra batteries,

        ** First Aid Kit,

        ** Sanitary Items such as moist towelettes, toilet paper,

        ** Matches in a waterproof container,

        ** Extra clothing and blankets,

        ** Cash, coins and copies of ID cards, medical cards and credit
        cards (this is recommended in case you lose your cards to the storm,
        you can quickly call and cancel them).

        Early Warnings:

        �Stay tuned to the National Weather Service, Listen and Watch for
        These Terms: HURRICANE WATCH - A Hurricane Watch means that severe
        weather is threatening and may occur in your area. Continue to watch
        or listen to the television or radio for more information and
        advice.

        � HURRICANE WARNING - A Hurricane Warning means that a Hurricane
        will likely hit your area SOON. This is a time to take action to
        protect yourself and loved ones. We recommend you EVACUATE
        IMMEDIATELY!

        EVACUATING:

        � The Civil Defense and the American Medical Response (AMR)
        recommend that people with disabilities evacuate early and not wait
        for an evacuation order. Some reasons for this are:

        1) The highways and evacuation routes become crowded very quickly
        and often exits are closed to keep the traffic moving. Some persons
        with disabilities are unable to sit or ride for long periods of
        time. If you are someone who can not sit in one position for very
        long, you do not want to be stuck on the high way, unable to exit,
        should you need to do so.

        2) Hotel Rooms that are made for people with disabilities, or
        accessible hotel rooms, are often hard to find and will fill up
        quickly. Do your research now and make a list of hotels further
        north that have wheelchair accessible rooms.

        3) The location of Emergency Shelters for People With Disabilities
        are not announced until about 2 hours before a hurricane makes
        landfall. By then it may be too late for you to leave your home.
        Hospitals DO NOT shelter people with disabilities so this will not
        be an option for you or your family.

        TRANSPORTATION:

        � If you do not have your own transportation, AMR has applications
        available now for people with disabilities who need transportation
        to shelters. Call your local American Medical Response office and
        get a copy of this form, fill it out and give it back to them NOW!
        For phone numbers to the local AMR offices you can call the Biloxi
        LIFE of MS office at 228-435-5433

        SHELTERS:

        � Emergency Shelters are available throughout southern and Central
        Mississippi. All shelters are located above I-10. Most shelters are
        located in schools and public buildings. Most shelters are not
        adequately set up for people with disabilities and do not have a lot
        of medical staff or volunteers to help you with medical needs. Most
        do not have air conditioning and food and water are in short supply.
        That is why we recommend that people with disabilities evacuate.
        However, if you are unable to evacuate and have no other choice but
        to go to a shelter, here are some tips that will make this stay a
        little easier.

        � 1) Be ready to tell people what you need - you must advocate for
        yourself! Practice quickly explaining to people how to guide you or
        move you in case of an emergency. Be ready to give clear and
        specific instructions to family members, friends and volunteers,
        such as: "please take my oxygen tank/wheelchair/ insulin/catheter s"
        or "do not bend my knees because they have been fused in a bent
        position" or "I am partially deaf, so please write things down or
        look at me when you speak so I can read your lips" or "I am blind,
        please grasp my right elbow to guide me".

        � 2) Be sure to take any and all special items that you need with
        you, such as hearing aid batteries, diabetic supplies, ostomy
        supplies, oxygen.

        * 3) If you have a service animal, they will be allowed in hotels
        and shelters. Be sure and plan for your service animal as well. Take
        plenty of food and water as well as medications, collars, leashes,
        identification tags, records of vaccinations, toys. Pets are not
        allowed in shelters and hotels. Make plans now for sheltering your
        pet.

        Available Special Needs Shelter

        PASCAGOULA - East Central Community Center (Singing River Hospital
        has agreed to send doctors and nurses to staff it).
        Preparations to evacuate residents who do not have transportation is
        in progress. They are planning on using school buses. Residents must
        provide family and address information to the Red Cross for
        transportation. The school system will go to those locations and
        pick people up and take them to the East Central High School where
        the buses will take them to Red Cross shelters. The buses will
        transport residents back to Jackson County.

        Residents will be limited to one load of personal supplies, and are
        advised to bring necessary items - as if they were going on a
        camping trip. They are currently looking for facilities near
        shelters that can be used for residents with pets. The Red Cross
        does not allow pets in their shelters.

        FEMA trailers will have to evacuate during tropical storms and all
        category hurricanes.

        RESIDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHO WANT TRANSPORTATION NEED TO PRE-
        REGISTER BY CALLING 762-2455 AND ASK FOR ERIN LEE.
        All Pascagoula residents who need transportation in case of an
        evacuation during hurricane season should also call this number.

        PICAYUNE - Schools used for shelters - West Side, Nicholson, South
        Side and Roseland Park. There will only be room for about 1,200
        people in all 4 shelters. Sorry, there is no phone number provided
        to call for any further information.

        STONE COUNTY- A special needs shelter is being planned for
        Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston campus. It will
        serve Stone and Harrison counties.

        HARRISON COUNTY - People with special needs should call the Unmet
        Needs Emergency Management at 897-1358 or 896-0214.
        HIGHWAYS THAT SHOULD BE USED TO EVACUATE:
        Harrison County - Highway 53, Highway 67 or Highway 15
        Jackson County - Highway 57, Highway 63 or Highway 613
        Hancock County - Highway 603, Highway 43 Highway 607 or
        Interstate 59. REMEMBER THAT THE OCEAN SPRINGS/BILOXI BRIDGE AND THE
        BAY/WAVELAND BRIDGE WILL NOT BE REPAIRED FOR EVACUATION.

        AFTER A STORM:

        After a storm, you will likely not have telephone service. Therefore
        communicating with police departments, fire departments, ambulance
        services, doctors, personal assistants, home health providers or
        family and friends will be difficult, if not impossible (another
        reason to EVACUATE). Roads may be damaged or blocked, preventing you
        from leaving home for awhile. Utilities such as electricity, water
        and gas will likely be off. Be sure to let someone - who is not in a
        path of danger - know where you are staying, the address, and if
        possible a phone number to that location. It is scary for family and
        friends to be out of contact with you and unable to learn of your
        safety or know if you need help.

        FOR YOUR PROTECTION

        Remember to protect yourself and your family at home or in a
        shelter. If you have evacuated, which we recommend, remember that
        when you return home, you may be more vulnerable to crime. It is
        common for people to become short-tempered when they are hungry,
        thirsty or hot. Some situations may become dangerous. Remain aware
        of your surroundings, keep valuables, credit cards and ID cards
        safely tucked away, stay in groups whenever possible and BE AWARE.
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