When disaster strikes, will you be prepared? Nobody knows when a disaster is going to occur, or what type of disaster it is going to be. However, today’s preparation could mean tomorrow’s survival. With support of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Living Independently is For Everyone at the Resource Center for Independent Living (LIFE at RCIL) is seeking input from individuals living with paralysis, as well as their families and their caregivers, to aid in the creation on an online emergency preparedness resource to help individuals living with paralysis plan and prepare for the emergencies that are most likely to occur locally; in the counties of Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, and Schoharie New York.

Preparing for any sort of emergency or disaster situation poses additional challenges for those with disabilities and medical conditions. Nobody knows your needs and concerns better than you do!


If you are interested in participating or learning more about this project, please call 1-800-627-2981 and ask to speak with Donna Gillette. You can also email Donna at dgillette@rcil.com.


For the purposes of this project, paralysis is defined functionally, as: “difficulty and/or inability to use arms and/or legs due to neurological conditions including but not limited to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, etc.”

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