Planning for Special Needs


Gallatin County recommends that individuals, or facilities, that have special needs utilize the same planning steps as everyone else. The basic thought is that everyone should be prepared to be self sufficient with what they personally need for at least 72 hours. Everyone’s needs are a little bit different, and this should be taken into account in your planning. Items such as medications and special transportation requirements are examples of person specific requirements that should be taken into account. Some items that may require special attention in your planning include:

  • Do you have a service animal?
  • Do you have the ability to receive emergency notifications, or do you need special notification devices?
  • Will you need assistance with transportation?
  • Do you have special dietary needs?
  • Are you on medication?
  • Do you often have large numbers of people that might need assistance during an emergency at your facility?

Individuals with Special Needs

Individuals with special needs are encouraged to develop and plan on how they will be self sufficient for 72 hours while taking into account any special needs they may have. The information below can be utilized to assist in this process:

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs0.7 MB
Ready Disabilities0.6 MB2014

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Facilities often require some detailed planning on how they will care for their clients in a disaster. Simple questions such as if we stay at the facility, how long are we self sufficient and if we leave how will we move everyone are often not very easy to answer. The following samples will assist you in addressing some of these questions while developing a plan. Several different samples are provided below for to to find the example that best fits your needs.

Montana regional health care coalitions have been established for coordination and information sharing on emergency preparedness among care providers.  Information on this is available here.

Orange County Emergency Plan for Assisted Living Facilities32 KB
Anchorage Disaster PLanning Guide for Assisted Living Homes0.6 MB
Montgomery County Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes...0.4 MB
New Jersey Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Plan Development Guide0.2 MB
State of Florida Plan Development Criteria23 KB