The Little Book of Ideas, Skills & Practices Emergency Planning Your Advocacy to Survival ToolboxThe North Country Center for Independence has develped a guidebook for emergency planning for people with disabilities. Information about this book and what it covers is below, along with a link to a ,pdf file version of the complete book.

The Little Book of Ideas, Skills & Practices
Emergency Planning
Your Advocacy to Survival Toolbox

View or download the whole book in .pdf format here:
The Little Book of Ideas, Skills & Practices.

Researched, Written and Prepared for The People of the State of New York. This Book was Funded by a Grant From: The New York State Department of Education, State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) Capacity Building for Independent Living Center Opportunity (CBILCO).

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This was a Project of The North Country Center for Independence
Researched, Written and Prepared by Debra Buell
Except as Otherwise Noted Within: Graphics and Photos by Debra Buell

The North Country Center for Independence
80 Sharron Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: 518-563-9058
Fax: 518-563- 0292.

Multiple Book Formats Available

1. Size 18 font with high contrast (2 versions)
2. Audio on CD (February 2018)
3. Small 5 x 7 inch book with size 12 font.

Want to learn more?

Extensive supplemental learning and teaching materials will be rotated regularly on the North Country Center for Independence (NCCI) website. Please visit the site frequently to read or download basic skills and ideas documents, technical and instructional documents, planning for medical care documents, planning for emergencies documents, links to American Sign Language (ASL) videos with tips, tools, skills teaching, emergency practices information and how to be safe in a fire information. Please check the website regularly for much, much more.

Kids have been a big focus of the research that went into this book. Many materials for teaching, safety plans, backpack contact cards that kids can carry to help people get them in touch with any needed adult were found in addition to coloring books and activity books. We are planning to dedicate one month to kids by placing these materials and links to others on the North Country Center for Independence website and Facebook page.

Please contact us and ask for any additional materials you might like to receive if you do not see them on our website at the time that you visit. Thank you.

The Little Book of Ideas, Skills & Practices Emergency Planning
Your Advocacy to Survival Toolbox

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Building Skills & Banishing Fear, Page 1
  • Building Skills: Hope, Planning, Tools & Practice, Page 5
  • Basic Mountain Climbing Skills to Get Healthcare, Page 6
  • Help and Helping Ideas, Page 7
  • Planning & Preparation, Page 9
  • Our Mission: Helping You Prepare, Page 11
  • This Little Book's Lessons: Medical Reality, Page 12
  • Toolbox: Use Our Tools & Add Your Own, Page13
  • Communication Skills: Over the Walls of Distraction, Page 13
  • The Disability in the Room, Page 14
  • For Communications Skills, Readiness is Your Shield, Page 17
  • Claiming Time for Your Message, Page 18
  • The Shield & The Toolbox (Fighting Frustration with Hope), Page 19
  • Build Your Confidence by Using Skills You Already Have, Page 20
  • Is There Light at the End of the Questions?, Page 21 Emergency Planning: It's Your Lifeline, Page 22
  • Safety is ALL in the Plan & The Practice, Page 23
  • A Joint Mission, Page 23
  • Safety is a Community Concern, Page 25Safety Plan: Information & Communications, Page 26
  • ICE is Nice, Page 26
  • Weather & Emergency Event Alerts, Page 27
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts, Page 29
  • Safety Plan Needs & Tools, Page 30
    • Food & Water, Page 30
    • Light, Page 32
    • Sound, Page 34
    • Sound & Light Tools, Page 35
    • Community Help, Page 37
    • Power Back Up, Page 39
    • Practice Drills, Page 41
    • Finding What You Need, When You Need It, Page 43
    • Keeping Warm, Page 44
    • Keeping Cool & Flushing Your Toilet, Page 46
  • Safe Harbor in a Fire (When You Can't Get Out) , Page 48
  • Fire Safety Tips for the Deaf, Page 49
  • Planning for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Page 51
    • Conserving Energy, Page 53
    • Conserving Your Own Energy, Page 53
  • Evacuating to a Shelter (or Sheltering in Place), Page 55
    • Pack YOUR "Go Bag", Page 56
    • The "Go Bag" Essentials Checklist, Page 58
    • The Pet "Go Bag", Page 59
    • Refuge at Home, Page 60
    • Evacuating to an Emergency Shelter, Page 60
    • Disability in the Emergency Shelter, Page 61
    • Shelters: The Big Questions, Page 62
    • Public Areas of Refuge, Page 65
  • Plan, Prepare & Practice, Page 65
  • Basic Skills Assessment Questions, Page 66
  • Skills Assessments: Assigning Jobs, Page 67
  • The Family Plan, Page 68
  • The Solo or "With Community" Plan, Page 68
  • The Emergency Plan Binder, Page 69
  • The Emergency Binder Lists, Page 69
    • Priority 1: Identification & Location, Page 69
    • Priority 2: Recent Photos, Page 73
    • Priority 3: Medical Documents, Page 73
    • Priority 4: Important Documents, Page 75
    • Priority 5: Cash & Checkbook, Page 78
    • Priority 6: Physical Copies of Your Keys, Page 79
    • Priority 7: Digital Records, Photos & Files, Page 80
  • Making the Family Emergency Binder, Page 82
  • Planning Based on Your Greatest Risks, Page 83
  • Emergency Drills for People with Disabilities, Page 86
  • Special Communications, Page 88
  • Priorities: What Do I Do First? , Page 92
  • Travel Priorities: Do Your Homework, Page 93
  • Emergency Planning Away from Home, Page 95
  • The Rule of Three, Page 97
  • Thinking Ahead & carrying What You Need, Page 102
    • Finding What You Need, Page 103
  • Don't Leave Home Without These!, Page 106
  • Hot & Cold Days: Emergency Survival Tips Outdoors, Page 107
  • Travel Light, But Carry What You Need, Page 111
    • Food for Travel, Page 111
    • Cooling Tips, Page 112
  • Cold Weather Survival During Vehicle Emergencies, Page 115
  • Travel Tips for All of Us, Page 116
    • For the Mobility Impaired, Page 116
    • Cold Weather Tips, Page 117
    • Tips for the Deaf & hard of Hearing, Page 120
    • Tips for the Blind, Page 123
    • Tips for People with Mental Health Diagnoses, Page 125
  • Toolbox Essentials When Outside Your Home, Page 126
  • Avoid Being a Crime Statistic, Page 128
  • Going to the Emergency Room, Page 137
    • Important Medical Documents, Page 140
  • Medical Proxy, Page 140
    • Other Medical Documents to Consider, Page 143
  • MOLST, Page 143Advanced Directives, Page 145
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders, Page 149
  • Emergency Room "Must Have" Documents, Page 150
  • Your "Who I am and what I need" Statement, Page 151
    • Tips for the Mobility Impaired, Page 152 Tips for the Deaf, Page 153
    • Tips for the Blind, Page 155
    • Tips for People with a Mental Health Diagnosis, Page 157
  • The Dreaded "Watch & Wait", Page 158
  • Taking Charge (With the Rules) , Page 160
  • Organizing Your Medical Paperwork, Page 162
    • What's in Your Toolbox so Far? , Page 164