Safe Evacuation: Artists with Disabilities

The decision to evacuate is one you must make as early as possible. If you have any doubts about your ability to care for yourself for a period of several days without outside assistance, then evacuate early.

  • If you’re ordered to leave, then do. Take your emergency supply kit, personal support network list, and emergency list with you.

  • Lock your studio (and home).

  • Keep white distress flags, whistles and beepers close at hand.

  • Use the travel routes specified by local officials, or special assistance they provide. Don't take any shortcuts — they may be unsafe. If you use a wheelchair, be sure to have protective gloves and a spare battery.

  • Notify shelter authorities of any need you may have. Remember that shelters are designed to be a temporary, safe haven. You will need to bring with you whatever personal supplies you might need. Find out in advance which shelters have accessible accommodations.

Before you go — if you are sure you have enough time:

  • Shut off water, gas, and electricity if instructed to do so, and if you know how. (Gas must be turned back on by a professional.)

  • Let your Disaster Buddy or other close contacts know when you left and where you are going.

  • Make arrangements for pets. Animals other than working animals may not be allowed in public shelters.

The Getting Help booklet from the Studio Protector® Wall Guide has a section for planning for special needs. Fill in the copy from your wall guide or fill in and print the pages in the version below:


We have made the contents of the Getting Help: Emergency Contacts Pocket ProtectorTM booklet from the Studio Protector® wall guide available as a pdf for you to use, print, and post in the studio. The booklet contains lists of first responders, arts responders, and places to fill in your own emergency numbers, plan for evacuation, and and work through special needs. The fillable pdf file can be filled in, saved and printed for easy reference.