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  • Hurricane Harvey

    To all Texans living in the path of this storm- stay safe.

    Have any of you registered with the Disability Service department of your local county?

    We did, a while ago, and filled out a long questionnaire giving a lot of personal information about my husband's mobility and equipment needs as well as what sort of transportation he'd need to get out of a potential flood or high wind situation.

    The end result of this seems to have been an e-mail we received today. Basically advising us to bag-up a couple days worth of supplies and medication and try to get to somewhere on higher ground.

    Duh.

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    For those left without useable DME or catheters after the storm:

    http://rsvptexas.org
    https://www.facebook.com/RSVPtexas/

    Distribution date, time and location are noted.
    Last edited by 2drwhofans; 09-03-2017, 01:25 PM.

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    • #3
      For those who get their medical care from the VA, contact either the Houston or Dallas VA SCI Clinic and they will help you replace meds, supplies, and equipment, as needed.

      (KLD)
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      • #4
        Volunteer legal assistance is available-

        The Houston Bar Association will offer a free legal-assistance hotline beginning on Tuesday, September 5.


        "Beginning Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 29, the HBA's LegalLine will have volunteer attorneys answering calls from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended LegalLine hours will be available from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 20. The public can call 713-759-1133 and speak to volunteer attorneys who will answer their questions, provide brief legal advice and refer them to appropriate resources for help. The attorneys will be able to answer questions on insurance, landlord/issues, contracts, lost documents, FEMA matters and other disaster-related topics."


        The Texas State Bar also operates a legal hotline—(800) 504-7030—that helps people find answers to basic legal questions and locate recovery resources in the wake of a disaster. The toll-free hotline is answered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and directly connects callers with legal aid providers in their area.




        "Send Lawyers, Guns and Money"
        Warren Zevon
        1978


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        • #5
          question we got Irma they believe will know later I am around Tallahassee I registered at the special neds thing but,,, now not much faith getting house ready that not much getting supplies and extra clothes for it

          what else also what if your by your sefl I am mostly independent but I do require a little help looks like I be on myself I drive have van

          for ypu that have been thru this what do I need to expect

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          • #6
            Personally, if I had enough warning (like for a hurricane, not an earthquake which cannot be predicted currently) I would evacuate to a safer location rather than trying a questionable "shelter in place".

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            • #7
              this would would be in Tallahassee its set up for special needs I don/t know juat never have had this we stayed last year cat 1 scarey as h.. but being by myself just asking as motels are out carpet and beds i

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              • #8
                No friends or family you can stay with out of the hurricane zone?

                (KLD)
                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                • #9
                  vjls,

                  From what you've described, there's a Florida special needs shelter program that may be put into place for people during times of emergency. The only way to find out what type of assistance might be offered ,when you'd be notified, and how you'd get there, would be to call and ask them to look up your application.

                  If you absolutely have to shelter in your own home, make sure your neighbors know you're staying. Your neighbors and friends can be an important lifeline if they know to check on you. You'd mentioned that your home is elevated 19 feet? Still, consider having someone board up your windows to keep out wind-driven water and other debris.

                  Basic things to have ( Not at all inclusive, just off the top of my head ):
                  Energy- batteries, flashlights, generators, portable charging banks for cell phone and computer.
                  Food: Non-Perishables like tuna, crackers, nuts, jerky, those cartons of milk that don't need refrigeration,etc.
                  Water- after a storm, local water can get contaminated so fill up containers with enough to drink, wash, clean and cook.
                  Gas - fill up your tank.
                  Clothing- local relief organizations often receive donations of dry clothes and shoes.
                  Cash - Like gas stations, there was a run on cash machines here.

                  Stay safe please.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 2drwhofans View Post
                    Basic things to have ( Not at all inclusive, just off the top of my head ):
                    Energy- batteries, flashlights, generators, portable charging banks for cell phone and computer.
                    Food: Non-Perishables like tuna, crackers, nuts, jerky, those cartons of milk that don't need refrigeration,etc.
                    Water- after a storm, local water can get contaminated so fill up containers with enough to drink, wash, clean and cook.
                    Gas - fill up your tank.
                    Clothing- local relief organizations often receive donations of dry clothes and shoes.
                    Cash - Like gas stations, there was a run on cash machines here.

                    Stay safe please.
                    Just to add a few things from my earthquake preparedness kit to the good list provided above:
                    crank or battery powered radios
                    analog phone if you have working phone jacks...cell towers can go down in disasters
                    extra Rx medications, bowel and bladder supplies
                    emergency phone numbers
                    gloves, plastic sheeting and duct tape to tape up blown out windows after the storm has passed - you may not be able to do this work but people who can help you will be ahead of the game with supplies available
                    buckets
                    evacuation backpack or duffle bag packed with essentials if you have to be evacuated

                    One rather macabre hint I heard during the height of Hurricane Harvey, write you name and social security number on your forearm with permanent markers to help disaster workers identify you if the worst should happen.

                    And echoing "2drwhofans, Stay Safe and All the best. Check in here to let us know how it goes.

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                    • #11
                      Another thought...where is your generator located? If it is on the ground level, flooding will put it out of commission.

                      (KLD)
                      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                        Personally, if I had enough warning (like for a hurricane, not an earthquake which cannot be predicted currently) I would evacuate to a safer location rather than trying a questionable "shelter in place".
                        That's one option; but, Unless you've been told, by your local or state emergency services, that your zone needs to be evacuated, you'd just be another person clogging up the biways and highways for people that HAVE to leave. 'Shelter in place' is most often the safest option, unless you're in a zone that has been designated for evacuation.
                        "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                        "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Oddity View Post
                          That's one option; but, Unless you've been told, by your local or state emergency services, that your zone needs to be evacuated, you'd just be another person clogging up the biways and highways for people that HAVE to leave. 'Shelter in place' is most often the safest option, unless you're in a zone that has been designated for evacuation.
                          You and I are close. I'm a block from the Bay here in Norfolk. I've always sheltered in place often due to pets, etc. As for evacuation we are really bottle necked in with Bridge tunnels. They can't handle daily rush hour traffic let alone a mass evacuation. Hope our luck holds out.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Oddity View Post
                            That's one option; but, Unless you've been told, by your local or state emergency services, that your zone needs to be evacuated, you'd just be another person clogging up the biways and highways for people that HAVE to leave. 'Shelter in place' is most often the safest option, unless you're in a zone that has been designated for evacuation.
                            Yes, I would agree for most people, but for someone with a significant disability, you can't be sure that you will have services available when "sheltering in place" in a serious disaster.

                            My friend who was flooded out in Houston can attest to this. He stayed in his house, as instructed, until water was lapping at the front door, then had a great deal of difficulty getting out. He was finally able to get out with two of his 3 wheelchairs (not his power chair) and could not take his new (and not yet insured) van, his son, and his dog, and had to spend that night in a friend's garage because his closest shelter was not wheelchair accessible. He got his meds, but no supplies, and actually ended up being admitted at the Dallas VA SCI unit after getting a ride to his family member's home in Dallas the next day. He lost everything (clothes, furniture, etc.) else.

                            (KLD)
                            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                            • #15
                              absolutely will and cannot stay no hurricane shutters and they saying 125 min here but still early have got about 10gals water gonna put in freezer its on second level get it ready as last time no power 5 day meat still frozen oso I am going to add about 15 gallons water tp freeze and help got lantern coleman stove clothes and supplies bags packed money supposed to get some tomorrow food did not think about that but hey I got plenty beans etc and dry milk

                              the generator will be readied tomorrow right now in house propane is in second level I am 19 feet up in air 20 feet from bay

                              windows can/t but there will be hurricane shtters near future surprised over 1/2 homes here don/t and they have been here since 90 I plan on leaving Saturday or sunday my friens are captain at sherrif dept

                              my sis and hubby are headed to newman ga then they fly to Colorado wed

                              hope this Irma keeps going right tks gas is an issue too

                              Stay safe please.[/QUOTE]

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