Anyone residing in the path of Hurricane Michael, which hit the Florida panhandle on October 10, 2018, is well aware of the destruction it left behind. Communities were devastated and infrastructure crippled. The cleanup is ongoing, and for areas like Mexico Beach and Panama City, rebuilding will take years. Along with cleanup, it’s time to reflect on how we can be better prepared for the next storm.
When a storm approaches, the media is quick to remind residents to stock up on water, food and batteries, but for people with limited mobility, the list also includes planning for your motorized scooter.
• Top off your gas tanks to be sure you are able to evacuate in your lift-equipped vehicle.
• If evacuating, plan for a route that offers accessible hotel rooms or remind friends and family unaccustomed to hosting you, of your motorized scooter’s space requirements.
• If planning on evacuating to a shelter, ensure it is wheelchair or scooter-friendly.
• Double check all batteries for your mobility devices. Keep all batteries in waterproof bags to prevent water damage.
• Keep an emergency pack on the back of your power chair or motorized wheelchair.
• Gather 10-14 days of medication and medical supplies.
• Don’t forget supplies for your service animal.
Additional resources and suggestions are available at United Spinal Association.
Get To Know Your Neighbors
They say that the best of humankind is visible after a disaster. Get to know your neighbors now, so that the first time you meet isn’t in a crisis situation. After a hurricane, your neighbors will be invaluable resources when it comes to things like determining if sidewalks are cleared of debris and wheelchair accessible.
When It Rains…
Motorized scooters and wheelchairs are not designed for downpours. The Panama City area reportedly saw up to 12 inches of rain during the hurricane, on top of an already wet year. As you can imagine, this led to lots of standing water. Water can damage the electrical components of your motorized vehicle. If you find yourself navigating puddles with your electric wheelchair, or if your motorized scooter saw more than a sprinkle, wipe dry all components of the chair, let sit in a dry place for 12 hours for hidden moisture to evaporate, and schedule a service appointment. Our technicians are ready to help get your motorized chair back in tip-top shape. Give us a call at 850-671-2300 or email Info@AdsTally.com to make your appointment today.