Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

No one knows when a disaster will strike, but if you are prepared ahead of time, you will be better able to cope and recover. This is especially important for people with disabilities, who may require special equipment and preparations that cannot be secured at the last minute.
Assisting People with Disabilities in a Disaster
Tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Community Preparedness Website Project: Supporting Special Needs and Vulnerable Populations in Disaster
California’s Community Collaborative Groups (CCGs) bring together local agencies serving vulnerable populations to address issues related to disaster preparedness and response. This website includes disaster information materials in a variety of languages that were developed by CCGs in areas affected by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California, as well as related information, a calendar, and links.
Coping With Disaster: Suggestions for Helping Children with Cognitive Disabilities [added 11/23/01]
Suggestions for parents and teachers from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
Disabled People and Disaster Planning (DP2)
A good collection of recommendations from a Los Angeles group formed after the Northridge Earthquake of 1994.
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
An excellent American Red Cross publication that provides information about creating a personal support network, completing a personal assessment, personal disaster preparation, disaster supplies, making your home or office safer, and more. Appendices include lists of supplies and related material.
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
An extensive, annotated collection of links by disability policy consultant June Isaacson Kailes.
Disaster Preparedness For People With Disabilities
Tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Employees with Disabilities
This publication from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) focuses on policies and procedures, work-site modifications and accommodations, and training.
Emergency Plans That Include Workers With Disabilities
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 tragedies at the World Trade Center, this excellent article from eSight discusses the importance of including employees with disabilities in emergency and evacuation plans, and provides strategies and tools for doing so.
Fact Sheet on Obtaining and Using Employee Medical Information as Part of Emergency Evacuation Procedures [added 11/2/01]
This fact sheet from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contains questions and answers about whether federal disability discrimination laws prevent employers from obtaining and appropriately using information necessary for a comprehensive emergency evacuation plan.
Fire Stops with You: Removing the Barriers: A Fire Safety Factsheet for People with Disabilities and their Caregivers
This fact sheet from the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) describes precautions that people with disabilities and their caregivers can take to protect to protect them from fire.
Safety & The Disabled
This guide from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) describes pertinent books, videos, posters, manuals and other materials available from a variety of organizations and agencies.
Tips for People With Special Needs & Concerns
This excellent guide from the American Red Cross provides emergency preparedness advice for seniors and people with visual disabilities, hearing/speech disabilities, cognitive/psychiatric disabilities, and mobility disabilities.
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