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Safety Issues for People With Disabilities
Emergency Management and Evacuation Preparedness for People With Disabilities
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness (Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions)
A guide for people with disabilities and other activity limitations.
- 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 (Disability.gov)
This section of Disability.gov 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.
Other Safety Issues
10 Things to Know about Safety in the Fall (Disability.org – Sept 2016 Newsletter)
The newsletter is filled with resources and information on how to keep safe in the fall.
Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide
There are dangers associated with fire for everyone, but people with disabilities face unique challenges in these emergencies.
Up to Half of People Killed by Police Have Disabilities (9/26/16)
A report released by the Ruderman Family Foundation says people who are disabled or have mental health conditions make up nearly half of all people killed by police.