Disaster Emergency Information
Post Date:September 07, 2017
MEMBERS ONLY: Please click here to fill out a grant application. Once filled out, please return the application to your local chapter. For more details please contact your local chapter. For more information about the members only disaster relief grant please click here. Members - please also click here to fill out your Paralyzed Veterans' Disaster Relief Card.
For the latest updates and resources from VA about Hurricane Harvey please click here.
For the latest updates and resources from VA about Hurricane Irma please click here.
Read the latest press release here: Paralyzed Veterans of America Reaches Out to Hurricane Victims
VAntage Point Blog: Quadriplegic Veteran travels through Hurricane Irma to serve his fellow Veterans
Find your local chapter or NSO here.
Hurricane Harvey Resources from FEMA for People with Disabilities
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: DON’T WAIT!
Please use this checklist of hurricane preparation tips for those in the danger areas:
1. Start running ice makers now, and bag the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between freezer items as possible.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in plastic or glass containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water and the lids so the ice expands, but doesn't crack the container.
3. Start using perishables now, to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicle gas tanks, check tires and oil. Fill any external gas containers for reserves.
5. Get enough cash from an ATM to get through tolls and purchase gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state, so your card isn't locked due to out-of-area "suspicious" or unusual transactions.
6. Take a screenshot of all important personal and financial documents, including insurance papers, and send them to your email. Take the originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Secure your pet with food & supplies. Take any veterinarian records with you, in case you need to shelter them at a storm-safe facility.
8. Finalize your evacuation plans and share with your family members, so they know where you're headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms and photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room, if you don't plan on taking them with you.
10. Properly and safely secure all firearms and ammunition.
11. Place old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water can seep in from the wind pressure. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors, and bring everything into your garage or house. Do this NOW. Do not wait until the day before the storm is upon you. It is better to get it done early. This is especially important if you are mandatory personnel (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don't already have hurricane supplies, get them now. Shelves are already empty in many places.
14. Stock up on dry goods, non-perishables and bottles of water.
15. If you have a grill, stock up on propane.
16. Fill your bathtubs with water. You can use this water to flush your toilets, if it becomes necessary.
17. Lower your pool water to prevent flooding.
18. PACK AN EMERGENCY “GO BAG” that holds personal, medical and emergency preparedness essentials. To see an example of a “Go Bag” for spinal cord injury/disease patients, click here.