I have a check list:

  • Water
  • First Aid kit
  • canned goods/snacks
  • ice
  • dry ice, if possible
  • gasoline for the generator
  • clothes and personal items for evacuation
  • one item you think you can’t live without
  • family photos
  • bills and financial information
  • candles and matches, flashlights and batteries
  • kerosene for the lanterns

I also include a few things that I wouldn’t allow myself to have in ordinary times, like gooey, yummy treats that will throw my system out of whack for a couple of hours.

However, my greatest concern isn’t what I will do in a hurricane.  It isn’t even how I’ll take care of my physically frail husband because we deal with his disability everyday and we have a plan. 

What about the most vulnerable in our communities?

What about the most vulnerable in our communities?

My concerns is what will happen to the members of The Special Gathering, a ministry within the disability community.  We do chapel services and Bible studies for persons who are developmentally delayed.  They remain a vulnerable population. 

The members who are in group homes or with their families are of minimal concern. Eric will mutter and studder, fume and prance; but in the end his parents will take him to a safe place and he will be calmed.  No.  It is the people who have been placed in apartments in this great inclusive social experiment that give me sleepness nights. 

It is Saul who believes everything that his self-proclaimed, “hair-brained” companion tells him.  Saul believes that taking his companion’s 195 pound Rockwilder dog would be a better pet for him than a cat.  Even though he’s job requires him to be gone all day and he lives in a small one bedroom apartment with no lawn.  Why would he believe this?  Because she told him it would be a good idea; and she can no longer take responsiblity for the dog.    

It is Katy who lives in her own house and does weekly trips to the hospital emergency room with fantom or self-inflicted pain to get attention and more pain-killing drugs.  I feel a responsiblity to the married couple who no longer comes to SpG but whose supported living coach makes emergency trips to visit her children in NC during each hurricane disaster. 

It is during times of tragedy that I wonder into what kind of social-action plan have we thrown the mentally challenged community?  Where are the helps when they seem to be needed most? 

Do you have any answers to these questions?  Is your state prepared for the disasters that hit every community in regard to people who are most vulnerable?