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Winter Preparedness Tips For People With Disabilities

Contributed by Provi Sharpe, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Reuse, MDTAP

The cold weather season requires extra clothing for people of all abilities; dressing for the season is vital in maintaining health. People with disabilities may want to take extra care during the cold weather season. Some disabling conditions may limit sensory abilities and the ability to maintain body heat, so be particularly vigilant about staying warm when you are out in low temperatures. Fairfax County, VA offers great winter tips for people with disabilities on dressing warmly, wheelchair travel and maintenance, as well as tips on how to care for your working assistance dog.

BGE customers in Maryland who rely on medical equipment that requires electric power should contact BGE for information on its Special Needs Program.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recently announced the release of its official “Maryland Prepares” mobile application.  This application provides iPhone, iPad, and Android phone and tablet users the ability to access emergency preparedness information on the go. “Maryland Prepares” is available to Android Users via Google Play  and to iPhone and iPad users via iTunes.

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