Many people across NSW are affected by dangerous storms and there have been avoidable deaths due to storm events. The protection of life is the highest priority for the NSW SES when we make decisions about planning for storms.
People with impaired vision can be more susceptible to the impacts of storms. It is important to care for and assist all people to be prepared for, respond to and recover from storms.
Identifying a support person or carer who can assist with planning for and response to storms can greatly increase the resilience of people with impaired vision to recover faster from these events.
If you care for a person with limited or no vision, they may need assistance in planning for storms as well as putting that plan into action in times of storms. Some ways of assisting vision impaired people with storm planning may include:
- Recording the actions they need to take so they can replay them in times of storms
- Listen to the radio station for information, updates and advice
- Identify a support person who will be responsible for assisting the vision impaired person during a storm
- Have contact numbers written in braille Utilise a care or support person to develop an emergency plan that suits your situation
StormSafe information on what to do before, during and after a storm is relevant for people who are vision impaired. A support person can run through the advice and tips for these areas with the person and assist in preparing, responding and recovering from storms.
Audio messages form the NSW SES
Put together an emergency kit audio
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