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Emergency Management and Evacuation Preparedness for People With Disabilities

  • Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes (Redfin)
    It’s crucial to prepare and plan well in advance for any natural disaster that your area is prone to, especially if you have a disability that could require additional safety considerations. This disaster safety guide will help you know what hurdles to anticipate, factors to consider, and ultimately, what to do when emergency weather occurs.

  • Emergency Evacuation Preparedness (Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions)
    A guide for people with disabilities and other activity limitations.  

  • Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery- Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices
    This emergency power planning checklist is for people who use electricity and battery dependent assistive technology and medical devices, including: breathing machines (respirators, ventilators), power wheelchairs and scooters, and oxygen, suction or home dialysis equipment. Some of this equipment is essential to your level of independence while other equipment is vital to keeping you alive! Use the checklist to make power-backup plans. 

  • Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities
    Natural disasters and other public emergencies can leave people stranded for days, cause breaks in communication networks, and make streets and walkways impassable. What will you do to ensure your safety during those critical first days of an emergency in your community? Presented here are guidelines for preparing for emergency situations and a checklist for building an emergency kit.

  • Evacuee Support Planning Guide (FEMA – July 2009)
    This guide (108 page PDF document) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency  is a resource for states that may receive a substantial number of evacuees from another state and for states that may experience a large evacuation from one area of the state to another. It is also a resource for most mass care planning, and addresses subjects including preparing for special needs within the evacuee population and the importance of making accessible housing, transportation, medical care and communications available. 
  • Fire Safety and Disabilities Guide (4/4/16)
    There are dangers associated with fire for everyone, but people with disabilities face unique challenges in these emergencies. There are many resources available to help people with disabilities take precautions in the case of fire at home or work.
  • Ingeragency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (Disability Preparedness Resource Center) – 2009 Annual Report to the President
    The Report describes the work of the ICC including response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the H1N1 Pandemic; ICC members’ significant role in the 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness; and the vital contributions of the ICC member agencies toward the development of an inclusive National Disaster Recovery Framework.
  • Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (FEMA & American Red Cross)
    For the millions of Americans who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations. Protecting yourself and your family when disaster strikes, requires planning ahead.
  • Preparing for & Responding to Emergencies and Disasters (
    This section of includes information that people with disabilities, their families, employers, and first-responders need to know about actions that should be taken before, during, and after emergencies.
  • Quiz about the Red Cross and Services to People with Disabilities in Shelters (Center for Independent Living of South Florida Advocacy – 10/5/12)
    Across the country, local and state governments partner with the American Red Cross to provide services to evacuees in general needs shelters operated by the Red Cross. People with disabilities are increasingly demanding that they be allowed to evacuate with their friends and family members to Red Cross shelters, instead of being diverted to Special Needs shelters. Special Needs shelters are often run by the state or County's Health Department, and are designed to provide shelter and medical services to persons with disabilities who are in need of the kind of medical care most commonly provided by medical professionals. Absent a significant medical need, persons with disabilities are entitled by the ADA to shelter at Red Cross general needs shelters.  Take the quiz and see what you know about the services in Red Cross general needs shelters.
  • Victims with Disabilities: Collaborative, Multidisciplinary First Response (U.S. Dept. of Justice)
    Techniques for first responders called to help crime victims who have disabilities.

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