“It was scary when I had to evacuate because the house next door was on fire. I teach this program though and knew what to do.”
—Rosie Ryan Feeling Safe, Being Safe Team Member
Emergencies happen when we least expect them. Knowing what to do and being able to react quickly allows people to feel safer and more prepared during an emergency. Feeling Safe, Being Safe teaches people with developmental disabilities how they can be prepared to react safely during an emergency or evacuation. Both 45 minute presentations could be useful to any group concerned with being prepared during an emergency.
Feeling Safe, Being Safe uses peer-to- peer teaching in our presentations. Our Presenters have personal knowledge of emergency preparation and are able to share this information in way that is easy to understand.
FEELING SAFE, BEING SAFE
Feeling Safe, Being Safe offers 2 free presentations that can be given at day programs, care homes, apartment complexes, community Emergency Preparedness Fairs and more.
Part 1 teaches the group step-by-step what to do in an emergency and how to fill out a Feeling Safe, Being Safe workbook. The presentation includes a video produced by the Department of Developmental Services on emergency preparation as well as information on what should be packed in their emergency “Go Bag”.
Part 2 follows up on the important message of being prepared ahead of time for an emergency by focusing more on the “Go Bag”. The presentation uses games to show the group how to pack their own “Go Bag” correctly, so they are prepared in the event of an emergency.
Although the idea of an emergency can be scary, being prepared and practicing for an emergency can help you feel safer every day. Not knowing what to do can lead to panic and confusion, and maybe even an unsafe situation.
• The first person you should be able to depend on during an emergency is yourself. Feeling Safe, Being Safe will let you be able to depend on YOU first.
• Knowing your neighbors is important. Share your contact information with them as they are closer than an ambulance or the fire department or the police in an emergency.
• Practicing your emergency plan makes you ready for the real thing so that you can feel safer and more prepared.