While disasters and emergencies affect everyone, their impact on people with special needs is often complicated by factors such as reliance on electrical power, elevators, accessible transportation and accessible communication – all of which can be compromised in emergency situations.
Step 1: Read the guides
To best prepare for an emergency according to one’s special needs, please refer to the guides provided:
- Vaughan’s Emergency Preparedness, Plan for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs (PDF)
- York Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide, Tips for People with Disabilities and/or Special Needs (PDF)
- Ontario’s Emergency Preparedness, Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs (PDF)
- Provides a list of suggested emergency survival kit items and planning considerations
Step 2: Fill out the Vulnerable Persons Registry
A vulnerable person is defined as an individual who has a medical, mental health or physical condition that requires assistance. In the event of an emergency, responders will have immediate access to the Vulnerable Persons Registry. All vulnerable persons should put their name on this registry to ensure they receive assistance.
Step 3: Contact Vaughan’s Emergency Planning division
For any additional information or concerns, please contact Vaughan’s Emergency Planning division.
Joint Operations Centre
Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service Administration
2800 Rutherford Rd.
Vaughan, ON L4K 2N9