Weather can often be unpredictable. The winds of a tornado can pick up just as rapidly as a wildfire can swallow an entire wooded area. Its unpredictability can put individuals in all areas in danger, leaving them distressed, confused and in need of help. Weather can be especially dangerous if individuals aren’t prepared or informed about the potential risks it can bring and the safety precautions that are put in place as protection.

Individuals with disabilities may face additional obstacles when it comes to severe weather safety because they may rely on others for information, action plans, transportation and resources. So, how can you ensure your loved ones with disabilities are staying safe during dangerous weather? By preparing them and ensuring they understand the proper precautions and information to keep them safe and alert through resources that were created specifically for their learning needs. n2y has provided access to this important information to empower individuals to enter conversations and assist in making the decisions necessary to keep them safe.

Materials Created in Partnership With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Working with the NOAA and the National Weather Service, n2y brings the vital message of weather safety and preparation to individuals who benefit from symbol-supported materials. Using time-tested messages from safety experts, n2y prepared symbol-supported versions to close language and literacy gaps for all readers, because everyone deserves to know how to stay safe in dangerous weather conditions.

Below is the full list of weather-safety resources included in the download. Each is listed with some of their most important safety information and preparation tips. Use them with individuals with disabilities who need extra support through symbols or need important and easy-to-understand information on weather safety.

Lightning safety

Explains the concept of a storm and where to find safety when lightning strikes and thunder roars.

Heat safety

Discusses how the dangers of heat can often be overlooked, and how individuals can keep cool by wearing loose clothing and drinking lots of water.

Flood safety

Describes the necessary steps to prepare for a flood through important information, like paying attention to emergency alerts and obeying evacuation orders.

Tornado safety

Includes tips to describe how strong and dangerous the winds of a tornado can be and the proper safety measures to take in case one is detected nearby.

Cold safety

Explains to how to avoid the dangers of cold weather and how to stay warm by using simple tips, such as wearing several layers of clothing.

Wildfire safety

Ensures safety during wildfires by being informed about the dangers of them and the proper safety precautions to take before one takes place, such as packing emergency supplies.

Additional weather safety and preparation tips

Pack an emergency kit

Pack an emergency kit to better prepare for dangerous scenarios that progress quickly. Fill it with first-aid items, water bottles, non-perishable food, blankets and personal necessities. Include the safety resources for additional support.

Create an evacuation plan

Create an evacuation plan to eliminate stress and confusion during situations that call for evacuations. This is very important for those with limited mobility and medical concerns. Plan when, where and how your loved ones will evacuate. Make sure to bring maps as a reliable backup for directions and alternative routes.

Stay alert and informed

Stay alert and informed by watching the weather on television and using certain apps, such as the National Weather Service Mobile app. By doing so, you will be prepared to act in case of a weather emergency.

One can never be too prepared or too informed, especially for potentially dangerous situations. Now, individuals with disabilities can have additional protection and information on ways to stay safe in natural disasters that can affect us all.

Safety resources to keep individuals with special needs safe in severe weather.

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About the Author
Anne Johnson‑Oliss has spent more than 20 years in the special education field as a teacher, program supervisor, sales and marketing professional, consultant and business leader. In addition to teaching at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Anne is an experienced presenter at national and international forums who has authored five books and two CDs. Anne holds several certifications in education and business, and earned a Master of Education degree from Wright State University.