Step 2 - Make a Emergency Plan

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Review information gathered

Take some time to review the information you have gathered.

Information Sources?

There may be some aspects of your emergency plan that you may require further information.  You should make an effort to find out which contacts are available to assist in answering them.  

The tools and resources page of this website may  assist.  The page provides links to various information and tools relating to a number of emergency situations and organisations and programs for people with disability.

Are your Goals Realistic?

Are your goals realistic? When we refer to this, we are asking if you are able to, or have the resources available to follow a particular emergency plan?

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Is This Your Plan?

When creating an emergency plan for yourself it is important that you are involved in the reflection and planning process.  

Studies have shown that the most successful plans are those where the individual with disability has been involved at all stages of planning (UN Enable).

Communication Plan

Emergency Contact List 

Make a list of important contacts, including emergency services, members of your household and other people who are close to you.

Emergency Services:


PDCN has provided a template to note your emergency contacts that can be stored in a safe place or somewhere accessible, like the fridge. On your emergency plan include a number of a person who does not live locally.  Often during natural disasters and emergencies it is easier to call long distance rather than within a disaster area.  Ensure all people you have identified in your emergency plan are aware of this contact.


Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time, so it's important to be prepared wherever you are. The following form is easy to complete and take with you in your wheelchair or in your bag as a quick reference for emergencies, including if your wheelchair breaks down.

Evacuation Plan

House plan

Draw a floor plan of your home, indicate:

  • Escape routes - aim for 2 escape routes in the event one route is blocked.  Is it accessible?
  • Location of important items - smoke alarm, utility shut off points, aides and equipment;
  • Location of evacuation kit (discussed in step 3);
  • Evacuation/meeting point outside house;
  • Note - meeting point out of neighbourhood in case you are not able to return immediately after the emergency;
  • If assistance is required to evacuate, clear written instructions should be included.


Life Support Equipment and Electricity

This useful article provides important information for people who use life support equipment.  In the event of extreme weather/natural disaster, it is possible electricity will be disconnected.  Information is provided on the steps individuals can take, to make electricity retailers aware of their use of life support equipment, to avoid being disconnected during emergencies.

Please note this information relates to people living in New South Wales, those living out of New South Wales should inquire with their electricity retailer

Medical Information List

Medical information to be considered:

  • Details of any medical conditions;
  • Details of medications and dosage;
  • Details of Doctors you may see;
  • Details of adaptive equipment used - include specifications and written instructions of how to use;
  • Any allergies or sensitivities;
  • Communication  - Provide details of best way to communicate with you;
  • Health insurance/medicare details.

Often people like to carry this information in wallets/bags.  There are a number of websites that provide templates.  To view one of these websites please click here

Additional resources

Emergency tips for people who use life support systems (dialysis, respirator, oxygen, suction, intravenous pump, infusion therapy) - Document prepared by the Independent Resource Center, San Francisco

Tips for people with communication disability - Document prepared by the Independent Resource Center, San Francisco

Tips for people with service animals/pets - Document prepared by the Independent Resource Center, San Francisco

Personal Health Diary - Prepared by theAmbulance Service of New South Wale

Remember to keep a copy of all of these plans in your Emergency Kit (Step 3) as well as providing copies to all people involved in your personal support network

Step 2 checklist

Have you reviewed all the information you gathered?

Have you detailed emergency contacts, including an out of town contact?

Have you completed an evacuation plan?

Have you completed a medical information list?

Have you made plans for all areas of your life?
including work, school and other places you spend a lot of time.

Page References - PDCN Emergency Ready Resources, Australian Red Cross, American Red Cross