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Emergency Preparedness

American Red Cross - “Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (A4497)(FEMA476)
This publication provides guidance for making an emergency plan, assembling a disaster supplies kit, and includes check lists for preparedness.

California Department of Aging - “How Older and Disabled Californians can Prepare for Emergencies”
Article provides helpful tips and advice.

Center for Disability and Special Needs Preparedness
Focuses on helping ensure that all individual are included in protection from natural and manmade emergencies.  Includes current project information, events and recent activities information, special needs information, and training and information resources.

Disability Preparedness
Provides a wealth of information on emergency preparedness for individuals with a disability on topics such as personal preparedness, disability law, disability preparedness, developing an emergency plan, disability-specific preparedness, disaster-specific preparedness, assistive technology for emergencies, personal communications technology for emergencies, work-related preparedness, public spaces, and research on accessible emergency preparedness.

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Features a list of beneficial links for disaster preparedness.

“Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors” article,1082,0_9_,00.html
Tips and hints for disaster preparedness for seniors by seniors.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities booklets
Features downloadable PDF documents on emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities including visual, hearing, communication, psychiatric, developmental, and mobility impairments.

Executive Order 13347 Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness

Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities
Information about the council, related press releases, publications, and reports.

National Family Caregiver Support Program – Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers (PDF)
Features checklists on how to prepare for emergencies, and suggestions for developing an emergency plan.

National Fire Protection Association - The NFPA Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities
This publication, downloadable in either PDF or Word format, provides guidance for people with diabilities on evacuating in the case of a fire. Includes a checklist for developing a personal evacuation plan.

National Organization on Disability

This page lists many resources relating to emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities.

National Organization on Disability – Emergency Preparedness Initiative
Features downloadable publications such as research papers relating to emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.

Resources on Emergency Evacuation and Disaster Preparedness
Includes information on ADA design requirements for egress, resources on evacuation planning and assistive products, and resources on disaster preparedness.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
Features an emergency preparedness overview and links.

U.S. Department of Transportation – Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities
Includes links, as well as a downloadable strategy paper and checklist for communities on addressing the needs of transportation of dependent populations during an emergency, and a downloadable paper entitled, “Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs”


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