Mom Monday-Prepping with a disability

4 Sep

Disabilities can be physical or mental.  As a medical condition, a disability can prohibit “normal” function.  Prepping with a disability is essential to avoiding tragedy and survival.

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Physical Disabilities – My Family’s Story

For my family, my husband’s back injury in 2010 resulted in a permanent partial disability.  Though two surgeries in 2011 helped fix the initial problem, other challenges arose.

My husband and I began seriously focusing on how we could be more prepared in January 2011.  Since the state of my husband’s back injury was not fully known, we began planning for a best cast scenario with no problems after his back surgery.


Research and Plan

I began researching all aspects of becoming more prepared for emergencies.  We set yearly goals for 2011 and broke those down into monthly and weekly tasks to meet the goals.  We accomplished much in 2011 even with my husband’s back challenges.


Knowing the Limitations

In an emergency – and while preparing for one – knowing limitations is essential.  There is also a difference between a limitation and one’s comfort zone.

If a mental disability is involved, are there medications which need to be taken?  How will additional medication be secured?  How will the stress of the emergency affect the person who struggles with mental challenges?  What precautions and procedures can be decided now (and written down) to help later?

With my husband’s back, medically speaking, he was told not to life more than 15 – 20 pounds at any given time.  In an emergency, he would be tempted to carry more if needed – most definitely if it was one of our boys.

You need to decide now what you will – and will not – be able to do in an emergency.  (Best-case versus worst-case scenarios.)  By deciding now, you allow yourself to prepare for the time which you will need alternatives.

Before and after my husband had his two surgeries, he walked with a cane.  Even now, four years later, he continues to struggle with balance.  When we go to the fairgrounds or other large events, he takes his cane.  The cane allows him extra stability with balance.  The cane also helps other people be more aware of his physical limitations.


Questions to Consider

  • If you have to evacuate, how will a mobility device affect evacuation?
  • What do you need in order to evacuate with the physical limitations of yours or others in the household?
  • Will you need your vehicle (or one like it) equipped with a ramp?
  • If mental challenges are part of life for your family, how will an evacuation affect the afflicted?
  • Discuss the needs of yourself or your family member with medical professionals. Know what the basic needs are for survival and minimum comfort.


Start Today, Be Prepared for Tomorrow

As with most things in life, the more prepared we are the better it tends to all end up.

If you or a loved one struggles with disability challenges, how are you preparing for their challenges during an emergency? 


I’m Adrienne Z. Milligan, a Washington State native, where I live with my husband as we homeschool our four boys.  I began writing at age six and still prefer writing pen to paper than on Adrienne Z Milliganfingers on a keyboard.  Since co-authoring and publishing my first book, The Gluten-Free Way: My Way in 2009, I continue to write professionally as a published author and freelance journalist.  I love baking, doing genealogy research with my husband, visiting friends and family, small-scale mining, reading, and soaking in the sunshine (both the warm and liquid types which we receive in Western Washington).   http://www. 

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