Families often get split up when there is an emergency– but they shouldn’t have to split up at a shelter. ADHS, along with the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council and other partners, found a way to reduce that problem. Using CDC grant funds, we purchased special equipment that will let people with functional needs stay in any emergency shelter. The state now has a cache of special beds, chairs and health care supplies that will let folks who live on their own at other times, stay in a regular shelter and not have to go to a hospital or other facility. Two benefits – they get to stay with family and friends and our health care facilities are able to tend to those hurt in a disaster.
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