P!NPoints: PREP project helps nation plan for emergencies

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PLAN!T NOW (P!N) has joined with UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work on a project will help people with special needs and their families develop personalized emergency plans.

The PREParation for Emergencies and Recovery (PREP) project will support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing a step-by-step process to create personalized emergency plans, which can include emergency contacts, shelter information and medical and insurance information. Plans can be printed out by users and can be stored for regular updating. All information will be stored safely and securely on UNC-Chapel Hill’s servers.

The project is funded by the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) as a Project of National Significance. The goals of the PREP Project are:

- To ensure that individuals with disabilities and their families are prepared for emergency situations.

- To ensure that the service system is prepared to support individuals with disabilities and their families in the event of an emergency.

- While built for participants in North Carolina, PLAN!T NOW is helping raise awareness of this resource nationwide. We encourage people around the country and from all professions to develop their own plans to store online. The process takes about 20-30 minutes, and will allow you to store your vital information for later reference, saving valuable time and effort when severe weather is expected to strike.

The project includes these components:

- Identification, development, and implementation of a web-based process for emergency planning

- Development of user-friendly materials and resources to assist individuals and family members to create plans for emergency situations

- Training for individuals, families, service providers, and emergency responders

- Information and referral services for individuals, families, and community members focused on emergency preparedness and recovery

- Active involvement of individuals with disabilities and family members through state and national advisory groups that ensure that project activities reflect their concerns and priorities

- Active involvement of state level planners and policy makers to pool resources, coordinate services, and share expenses

- A public awareness campaign to promote the importance of emergency preparedness

- Comprehensive program evaluation

To develop your own PREP plan, go to https://myprep.org.

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