Emergency Preparedness Publications & Resources
The Pacific ADA Center and the ADA National Network produces resources to clarify disability and ADA issues for personal emergency preparedness and for agency and responder emergency management. You can find those below. In addition, listed below are national, regional, and local resources and publications related to disability and emergency preparedness.
PACIFIC ADA CENTER / ADA NATIONAL NETWORK RESOURCES
- Bedside Emergency Supplies Checklist
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Bedside Emergency Supplies Checklist. Oakland, CA: Author.
The Bedside Emergency Supplies Checklist contains essential items you may need if you are trapped in or near your bed and unable to get to other parts of your home.(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Car Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Car Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist. Oakland, CA: Author.
The Car Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist contains items you will need if you have to evacuate the area and/or are in or near your vehicle during an emergency.(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Carry On You Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Carry On You Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist. Oakland, CA: Author.
The Carry On You Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist is for essential items you need to keep with you at all times.(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Emergency Contact List
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Emergency Contact List. Oakland, CA: Author.
An Emergency Contact List is a list of people that can be contacted in an emergency for help and people you want to know that you are safe.(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Emergency Food and Water Checklist
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Emergency Food and Water Checklist. Oakland, CA: Author.
This Emergency Food and Water Checklist helps assist you in planning to keep and maintain food for an emergency. This is important because widespread power outages can leave you without the ability to cook or refrigerate food. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices. Oakland, CA: Author.
This Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices assists 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. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Emergency Supplies Kit
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Emergency Supplies Kit. Oakland, CA: Author.
Keeping important items with you is key to successful emergency planning. The Emergency Supplies Checklist summarizes all of the items needed by type of disability. Use this as your master organizaing tool with the other checklists (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). The Emergency Supplies Kit includes in one file: the Emergency Supplies Checklist along with all of the checklists and kits (Bedside, Car, Carry on You, Grab and Go, and Home Kits) by type of disability. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Grab and Go Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Grab and Go Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist. Oakland, CA: Author.
This Grab and Go Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist helps ensure you have all your necessary items in an easy to carry kit you can grab when you have to leave home in a hurry. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Home Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Home Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist. Oakland, CA: Author.
This Home Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist contains items vital for daily living if you had to be self-sufficient for days either at home or in an evacuation center. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Transportation Planning
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Transportation Planning. Oakland, CA: Author.
This Transportation Planning checklist will help you plan for evacuating with some notice, with little notice, or without any notice. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Maintaining Site Accessibility Checklist
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Maintaining Site Accessibility Checklist. Oakland, CA: Author.
Intended for use DURING emergencies, this Maintaining Site Accessibility Checklist can be used for a variety of emergency service facilities and sites including, but not limited to, local assistance centers, disaster resource centers, mass feeding sites, shelters, safe refuge sites, resettlement processing centers, relocation centers, evacuation cetners, and points of dispensing and commodity distribution sites. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Press Conference Checklist
Pacific ADA Center. (2016). Press Conference Checklist. Oakland, CA: Author.
Use this Press Conference Checklist to ensure that your press conference is accessible to people with disabilities. This checklist includes general guidelines on site accessibility, sign language interpretation, and filming guidance. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
- Emergency Preparedness and You
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Emergency Preparedness and You. Atlanta, GA: Author.
The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur.
To help, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Red Cross have teamed up to answer common questions and provide step by step guidance you can take now to protect you and your loved ones.
- Emergency Preparedness: Including People with Disabilities
These resources were developed by CDC funded State Disability and Health Programs for public health professionals, emergency personnel, and communities to create emergency preparedness and response plans that are inclusive of people with disabilities.
- Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety. Atlanta, GA: Author.
When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to cope with power failures and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards. Many homes will be too cold—either due to a power failure or because the heating system isn't adequate for the weather. When people must use space heaters and fireplaces to stay warm, the risk of household fires increases, as well as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Mental Health All-Hazards Disaster Planning Guidance
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2003. Mental Health All-Hazards Disaster Planning Guidance. DHHS Pub. No. SMA 3829. Rockville, MD: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Author.
This manual helps state and local mental health professionals create emergency preparedness plans for disasters. It highlights integrating health and mental health response and conducting epidemiological surveillance.
- Natural Disasters and Severe Weather Links
Provides information for specific at-risk populations with health and safety concerns.
- The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Launches Health and Disability Technical Assistance Program
NACCHO's Health and Disability Program is pleased to offer Technical Assistance (TA) to health departments interested in increasing inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities in emergency plans and/or policies. This program is sponsored by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Health departments selected to participate in the program will work with NACCHO to identify areas for improvement in local- or state-level emergency plans. Based on identified gaps, NACCHO will provide TA through information, education, and suggestions for how to be more engaging and inclusive of people with disabilities.
Who Can Participate?
NACCHO is interested in working with state and local health departments who do not currently receive funding from NCBDDD that is intended to improve inclusion of people with disabilities into public health programs, policies, and services.
All health departments interested in receiving TA from NACCHO through this program must complete an online questionnaire by April 15, 2014. The questionnaire is available here: http://naccho.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QgJFiLQa2S4SZn.
Please email Sarah Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-595-1122.
- What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly Atlanta, GA: Author.
CDC offers these tips to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power, including:
- Food safety
- Safe drinking water
- Extreme heat and cold
- First aid for electrical shock
- Power line hazards and cars
- Avoid carbon monoxide
- Dangers of gasoline siphoning
- Safety at work during power recovery
- Be prepared for an emergency
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources Assistance Center and Information Exchange
Brought to you by HHS ASPR, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of regional ASPR staff, healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness.
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response emPOWER Map
Hospitals, first responders, electric companies, and community members can use this map to find the monthly total of Medicare beneficiaries with electricity-dependent equipment claims at the U.S. state, territory, county, and zip code level and turn on “real-time” natural hazard and NOAA severe weather tracking services to identify areas and populations that may be impacted and are at risk for prolonged power outages.
- A Guide to Interacting with People Who Have Disabilities
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. (CRCL). A Guide to Interacting with People Who Have Disabilities. Washington, D.C.: Author.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) has developed this Guide to assist DHS personnel, contractors, and grantees in their interactions with people who have disabilities. Examples of these interactions include people with disabilities who are traveling through the airport, crossing into the U.S. at a point of entry, naturalizing to become a U.S. citizen, being held in detention awaiting a hearing or removal, and receiving assistance before, during, or after a disaster. This document offers a summary of disability myths and facts, guidance on appropriate language, and tips for successfully interacting with people who have disabilities. It is intended as a general overview of the topic.
- Are You Ready?
Official website of the Department of Homeland Security for readiness resources and information.
- Individuals with Disabilities or Access and Functional Needs
- Management Directive on Nondiscrimination for Individuals with Disabilities in DHS-Conducted Programs and Activities
Department of Homeland Security, DHS Directives System. (September 2013). Nondiscrimination for Individuals with Disabilities In DHS-Conducted Programs and Activities (Non-Employment). Directive Number: 065-01, Revision Number: 00. Washington, D.C: Author.
This Directive establishes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy and implementation mechanisms for ensuring nondiscrimination for individuals with disabilities served by DHS-conducted programs and activities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 504).
- People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs: Preparing and Planning for an Emergency
The official Ready.gov website by the Department of Homeland Security includes comprehensive planning resources and tools for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
- Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities
This brochure was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with AARP, the American Red Cross and the National Organization on Disability and updated by the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination.
- Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs
This brief was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with AARP, the American Red Cross and the National Organization on Disability and updated by the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination and outlines supplies necessary to create your own basic three-day emergency supply and readiness kit.
- Tips for Effectively Communicating with Protected Populations during Response and Recovery
This document has practices regarding effective communication can help jurisdictions meet their obligations to carry out their disaster related activities in a non-discriminatory manner…
- HUD Guidance on CDBG Compliance with the Rehabilitation Act
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Planning and Development. (November 2005). Housing and Urban Development Guidance on CDBG Compliance with the Rehabilitation Act. Notice: CPD-05-09. Washington, D.C.: Author.
This Notice describes key compliance elements for housing assisted under the HOME and CDBG programs.
- ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments. Chapter 3, General Effective Communication Requirements Under Title II of the ADA
U.S. Department of Justice. (2009, September). ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments. Chapter 3, General Effective Communication Requirements Under Title II of the ADA. Washington, D.C.: Author.
The Tool Kit is designed to teach state and local government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to state and local government programs, services, and activities.In this chapter, you will learn about the requirements of Title II of the ADA for effective communication.
- ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments. Chapter 7, ADA Checklist for Emergency Shelters
- ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. (2005). ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities. Washington, D.C.: Author.
Created for local governments as a basic guide to making community emergency preparedness and response accessible for people with disabilities.
- ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness
This publication is designed to help title II and title III entities (“covered entities”) understand how the rules for effective communication, including rules that went into effect on March 15, 2011, apply to them.
- Project Civic Access Tool Kit
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. (December 2005). ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments. Chapter 3, General Effective Communication Requirements Under Title II of the ADA. Washington, D.C.: Author.
The Tool Kit is designed to teach state and local government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to state and local government programs, services, and activities. It will also teach state and local officials how to conduct accessibility surveys of their buildings and facilities to identify and remove architectural barriers to access.
- CALIF, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al.: Statement of interest and settlement agreement documents
CALIF, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al. (2011): Statement of interest and settlement agreement documents
The case, filed in 2009, was brought on behalf of Plaintiffs: Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (“CALIF”), and Audrey Harthorn.
A landmark ruling in February 2011 held that the City of Los Angeles violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to meet the needs of its residents with mobility, vision, hearing, mental, and cognitive disabilities in planning for disasters. A court order followed requiring the City to revise its emergency plans to include people with disabilities.
- BCID, et al. v. City of NY, et al. (2013): Statement of interest, opinion and order, and settlement factsheet and settlement agreement documents
This federal class action lawsuit was filed in September of 2011. The class of 900,000 New York residents with disabilities included people with vision, hearing, mobility, and mental disabilities. On November 7, 2013, the Court ruled that New York City discriminated against people with disabilities in its failure to plan for their needs in large scale disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. This was a major victory for hundreds of thousands of children, women, men, and seniors with disabilities, and will likely have national implications…
- Accessible Social Media
This website is compilation of federal guidance, checklists, and testing information for creating and maintaining accessible video, multimedia, and social media using various popular electronic formats and channels including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Wordpress and other social media tools. Sources for these resources are identified by abbreviations for federal components. Other valuable guidance from non-federal sources, including industry and academia, can be found from internet search using relevant keywords such as "accessible presentation".
- Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employers' Guide to Including Employees with Disabilities in Emergency Evacuation Plans
Beth Loy, Ph.D. and Linda Carter Batiste, J.D. (2011). Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employers' Guide to Including Employees with Disabilities in Emergency Evacuation Plans. Job Accommodation Network. Morgantown, WV: Author.
This publication addresses employers legal obligation to develop emergency evacuation plans and how to include employees with disabilities in such plans. these issues.
- A Framework of Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Federal Agencies. Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting for the Needs of People with Disabilities
- Disability.Gov Emergency Preparedness Links
ODEP and the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities helped develop several resources to assist individuals, organizations, and employers create emergency preparedness plans that take into account the needs of people with disabilities.
- Evacuating Populations with Special Needs: Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Operations, Emergency Transportation Operations. (April 2009). Evacuating Populations with Special Needs: Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer. Washington, D.C.: Author.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) primer, Evacuating Populations with Special Needs, is the third in the Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning primer series. This installment focuses on evacuating people who need assistance in leaving an area, particularly people with disabilities, aging populations, people living in congregate or residential care facilities, and those with household pets. This primer can assist transportation agencies, emergency managers, first responders, and special needs service organizations understand applicable legislation-including new legislation passed after the Hurricane Katrina response-and develop and implement evacuations of special needs populations.
- Accessibility of Emergency Information on Television
Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. (November 2015). Consumer Guide: Accessibility of Emergency Information on Television. Washington, D.C.: Author.
FCC rules require broadcasters and cable operators to make local emergency information accessible to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and to persons who are blind or have visual disabilities. This rule means that emergency information must be provided both aurally and in a visual format…
- Fact Sheets on Closed Captioning and Access to Emergency Information
Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. (January 2017). Fact Sheet: Closed Captioning and Access to Emergency Information. Washington, D.C.: Author.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules for TV closed captioning ensure that viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing have full access to programming, address captioning quality and provide guidance to video programming distributors and programmers. The rules apply to all television programming with captions, requiring that captions be…
- Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in the Provision of Disaster Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. (May 2007). Reference Guide: Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in the Provision of Disaster Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services. Washington, D.C.: Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Reference Guide was originally developed in response to the requirement of H.R. 5441 (PL 109-295), Section 689: Individuals with Disabilities, to develop disability related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities in emergency preparedness and disaster relief.
- ADA 25th Anniversary
- CERT Basic Training Participant Manual
- Course: Including People with Disabilities and others with Access and Functional Needs in Disaster Operations
- Disability Integration works with Disaster Survivor Assistance
- Disability Integration - How to use American Sign Language Interpreters
- Disability Integration - Inspector Visit
- Disability Integration - Just Ask
- Disability Integration - Registration
- Emergency Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs
- FEMA Assistance does not Impact Government Benefits
- Functional Needs of People with Disabilities: Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers and Responders
- Getting Real: Promising Practices in Inclusive Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency. (September 2011). 2011 Getting Real: Promising Practices in Inclusive Emergency Management for the Whole Community. Arlington, VA: Federal Emergency Management Agency.
2011 conference by FEMA and co-sponsors, the National Council on Disability (NCD) and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Promising practices in emergency management that strengthen the whole community’s capacity to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate the impact of disasters were presented.
- Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters
- National Planning Frameworks
The Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to achieve the National Preparedness Goal. There is one Framework for each of the five mission areas, Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The intended audience for the page is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal governments.
- National Preparedness System
The National Preparedness System is intended to be used by the whole community. The intended audience for this page is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular area, and Federal governments.
- Office of Disability Integration and Coordination
This page is for anyone interested in learning more about the mission and role of the office within the agency and the larger emergency management community.
- Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs
- Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
- Using Universal Design in Disaster Recovery
Jann Tracey and Judy Grafe. (2015). Video: Using Universal Design in Disaster Recovery. Washington, D.C.: Federal Emergency Management Agency
During recovery from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, many homeowners were faced with the decision to elevate their home to prevent potential damage in future flood events. Living in an elevated home presents challenges for anyone but is especially difficult for people with disabilities. During recovery from a disaster, disability advocates promote the use of "universal design". Universal design is planning space with accommodations such as elevators or lifts, to assist anyone, with or without a disability.
- We Prepare Everyday - Public Service Announcement
- Information Regarding Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products in an Emergency
- Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During, and After Emergencies
- Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities
- Emergency Management
Findings and recommendations contained in the publications in this section come from analyses of applicable laws, regulations, policy guidance, barriers, promising practices, and emergency management models that include active involvement of knowledgeable people with disabilities during each phase.
- The Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on People with Disabilities: A Look Back and Remaining Challenges
- Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning
- Functional Needs of People with Disabilities: A Guide for Emergency Managers, Planners and Responders
- Prepare Yourself: Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities
- U.S. Access Board Issues Guidelines for Emergency Transportable Housing
- California Department of Developmental Services - Feeling Safe, Being Safe
Guided by the Consumer Advisory Committee of the California Department of the Developmental Services, Feeling Safe, Being Safe materials provide practical learning required to put together personal emergency preparedness plans to share with family, neighbors and community support agencies.
- California Office of Emergency Services: Access and Functional Needs Evacuation Planning Toolkit
- California Office of Emergency Services - Shakeout 2014: Five Videos for People with Access and Functional Needs
ShakeOut drills across the state of California.
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency Sign Language Preparedness Videos
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission collaborated to create a series of videos presenting vital preparedness messages in American Sign Language.
- Minnesota Functional Needs Planning Toolkit
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Emergency Communication Toolkit
This toolkit applies to emergency management and public information professionals who work for or with local jurisdictions to communicate warnings, notifications, and other messages to news media and to the public. It also contains face-to-face operational communication tools for shelter managers and first responders. The purpose of the toolkit is to help ensure that emergency communications services and equipment address the functional and access needs of people with disabilities as part of a “whole community” approach endorsed by FEMA.
- Texas Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS)
FNSS website and provided guidance are designed to assist in planning and resource allocation for sheltering operations whether government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), faith-or-private-based, to meet the access and functional needs of children and adults. This tool kit is designed to provide first responders and emergency management professionals with basic information about interacting with Texans with disabilities during a disaster and to identify disability leaders in the local communities.
- Texas: Northeast Texas Public Health District - Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Accessible Emergency Information
In an effort to better inform the community the Northeast Texas Public Health District has compiled 18 Emergency Preparedness Topics and formatted the information to be friendly to deaf, blind, and limited sight populations. The information is in video and downloadable document format for public use. There is no charge for use of the materials posted on this website.
- Vermont: Just in Case...Be Ready for an Emergency: An Emergency Readiness Planning Guide for People Who May Need Extra Assistance
- Virginia: Winter Preparedness Tips
- Washington Emergency Management Division Preparedness Video Clips
The state of Washington’s disaster preparedness and safety videos.
- Accessible Communication 4 All
Diane Nelson Bryen, Ph.D. Accessible Communication 4 All. Temple University. University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. Philadelphia, PA: Institute on Disabilities.
Communication during times of emergency is critical. However, many individuals may not communicate effectively due to their disability, injury, or shock. For others, spoken English may not be effective as well.
Free downloadable communication aids in English and Spanish. These aids can be used during times of emergency when spoken English or Spanish may not effective.
- ADA National Network/FEMA Webinar Series: Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
Pacific ADA Center and the ADA National Network. (2012-2017). Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series. Oakland, CA: Pacific ADA Center and the ADA National Network.
National state, and local entities and communities are increasingly planning emergency management and preparedness to handle disasters. Emergencies and disasters can be particularly concerning for people with disabilities. Successful outcomes for people with disabilities in disasters will depend on the how inclusive the plans are. These free webinars will focus on key strategies and approaches at various levels (federal, state, and local) toward emergency management and preparedness and the inclusion of people with disabilities.
- Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC). (March 2017). Factsheet: Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access. Atlanta, GA: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies.
This factsheet provides a description of some smartphone apps that can be used to enhance WEA access. The factsheet explains different apps, their features, and how to use them to better understand WEA messages and aid in responding to the WEA messages appropriately. Links for each app are included.
- Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities
Jamie Arasz Prioli. (September 2014). Webinar: Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University, Institute on Disabilities.
Watch a recorded webinar on strategies in preparing individuals who have a variety of needs (including access and functional) for disasters and emergencies. The webinar also discusses the role of assistive technology (AT) reuse and special considerations for AT users. "Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities" was recorded on September 12, 2014. Presented by Jamie Arasz Prioli, RESNA ATP, Assistive Technology Specialist Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership Coordinator (REEP), Institute on Disabilities.
- Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke
Beverly Franz, PhD. (July 2014). Video: Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University, Institute on Disabilities.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, in collaboration with Willow Grove Fire Company, Upper Moreland Police Department and Horsham Fire Company, has produced and released the video, Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke to help increase awareness of the unique issues presented by people with autism, and to inform fire fighters, police officers and other first responders on how to recognize signs of children and young adults with autism. Parents, family members, educators and others who support people with autism will also find valuable information in the video.
- Checklist for Inclusive Emergency Management
June Isaacson Kailes. (2014). Checklist for Integrating People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery. California: Center for Disability and Health Policy, Western University of Health Sciences.
This checklist is for emergency planners, managers, responders, and public information officers (PIOs) who have responsibility for developing, maintaining, testing, delivering and revising emergency plans and services.
- Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
This website contains an array of emergency preparedness tools and resources based on functional needs.
- Effective Communication with People with Disabilities- A Curriculum for Public Information Officers
Pennsylvania Department of Health and Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Effective Communication with People with Disabilities - A Curriculum for Public Information Officers. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University's Center for Preparedness Research, Education, and Planning (CPREP), College of Public Health and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education.
The Effective Emergency Communication with People with Access and Functional Needs training course was developed by the PA Department of Health in collaboration with Temple University's Center for Preparedness Research, Education, and Planning (CPREP), College of Public Health and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education.
- Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities
National Fire Protection Association. (June 2016). Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association.
NFPA's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities provides information on the five general categories of disabilities (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, and cognitive) and the four elements of evacuation information that occupants need: notification, way finding, use of the way, and assistance. It also includes a checklist that building services managers and people with disabilities can use to design a personalized evacuation plan, as well as government resources and text based on the relevant code requirements and ADA criteria.
- Emergency Evacuation Preparedness - Taking Responsibility for Your Safety: A Guide for People with Disabilities and other Limitations
June Isaacson Kailes. (2002). Emergency Evacuation Preparedness - Taking Responsibility for Your Safety: A Guide for People with Disabilities and other Limitations. California: The Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions, Western University of Health Sciences.
This guide focuses on people with disabilities and activity limitations and their successful evacuation ofbuildings. Its goal is to help strengthen your evacuation preparedness.
- Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices
- Encountering People with Disabilities in Emergency Situations
Jamie Arasz Prioli. (August 2013). Webinar: Encountering People with Disabilities in Emergency Situations. Philadelphia, PA: Institute on Disabilities, Temple University.
Watch a recorded webinar for first responders on how to communicate with people with disabilities: "Encountering People with Disabilities in Emergency Situations" recorded on August 21, 2013.
- Feeling Safe, Being Safe
- Functional Needs of People with Disabilities: A Guide for Emergency Managers, Planners and Responders
- Inclusive Emergency Management 101: Integrating the Disability Community in Disaster Planning and Response
This course was developed by individuals with disabilities who themselves have experience in the field of Emergency Management. It is designed to promote Disability Competency by improving the disability-related body of knowledge of Emergency Management students and professionals, first responders, the workforce of disaster relief and recovery agencies and non-profit organizations.
- National Fire Protection Association
- Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
- Pass it on Center Emergency Management
The Pass It On Center is actively addressing issues of national significance in AT device reutilization, providing technical assistance to entities engaged in or planning to engage in AT device reutilization, and coordinating and networking entities involved in AT device reutilization. This Knowledge Base is a product of the Center and contributing AT reuse programs throughout America!
- Planning for the Whole Community
- Portlight Strategies
Portlight Strategies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. Portlight's longest running disaster recovery effort followed the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in the shore communities of New Jersey and parts of New York City, and lasted for 18 months. During that time, we replaced lost durable medical equipment and ramping, and assisted residents in purchasing and installing accessibility equipment that was made necessary after their homes were elevated to meet federal flood insurance requirements.
- St. Petersburg College's National Terrorism Preparedness Institute Planning for the Whole Community
National Terrorism Preparedness Institute and FEMA, Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC). (June 2011). Webinar: Live Response: Planning for the Whole Community. St. Petersburg, FL: Author.
In this edition of Live Response, we looked at the FEMA/DHS initiative, Planning for the Whole Community.
- Tools for Personal Emergency Preparedness
Resources section of this website show how to prepare.
- Wheelchair Safety at Home and at Work
United Spinal Association. (2011). Wheelchair Safety at Home and at Work. East Elmhurst, NY: United Spinal Association.
By understanding their special evacuation needs, people with limited mobility and first responders can improve their chances of evacuating their workplace or home safely. This brochure will emphasize the evacuation protocol for wheelchair users from these two areas.
- CBM International
CBM is an international Christian development organization, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.
- Centre for Disability in Development (CDD)
CDD exists to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in mainstream development activities in Bangladesh. We believe that this can only be achieved by taking a twin-track approach i.e., educating the community in how to be more inclusive and removing the barriers to inclusion whilst simultaneously empowering persons with disabilities to participate in society by providing them with essential supports. The barriers to inclusion need to be removed on both sides if persons with disabilities are to be given the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.
- Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management
CBM International. Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management: Voices from the Field and Good Practices. Bensheim, Germany: Author.
This publication would like to contribute with advocating for a more inclusive Disaster Risk Management (DRR) where persons with disabilities are active participants and not overlooked in relief and response actions.
- Disability and Emergency Risk Management for Health
World Health Organization. (2013). Guidance Note on Disability and Emergency Risk Management for Health. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Press.
This short, practical guide covers actions across emergency risk management such as risk assessment, prevention (including hazard and vulnerability reduction), preparedness, response, recovery and reconstruction. It outlines the minimum steps health actors should take to ensure that specific support is available for people with disabilities when needed and to ensure that disability is included in the development and implementation of general health actions in all emergency contexts, that is, natural and technological hazards, epidemic diseases and other biological hazards, and conflicts and other societal hazards.
- Disaster Reduction - Meet Kazol, 'Disaster Prepared'
View the publication and a companion video to Meet Kazol, ‘Disaster Prepared,’ about a young women from Bangladesh, ready for the next floods in her village.
- Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network
Website for upcoming international disaster risk reduction conferences and additional resources.
- EUR-OPA, A Consortium of Several European States: Major Hazards and People with Disabilities
David Alexander and Silvio Sagramola. (2014). Major Hazards and People with Disabilities. Council of Europe: European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement Consortium (EUR-OPA). Author.
This publication provides an overview of the state of the art in emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction for people with disabilities. It asks whether an adequate level of resilience has been achieved by and on behalf of people with disabilities.
- Germany - ASB Arbeitet Samariter Bund
German website focused on inclusive emergency preparedness in the international community.
- Handicap International
Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Check out their library of international advocacy publications.
- Pacific Disability Forum
The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) is a regional peak body that works in partnership with Disabled Persons Organizations in the Pacific region.
- South Asian Disability Forum
South Asian Disability Forum (SADF) is an international network of Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) which would work as a think-tank for the disability sector in the eight countries in South Asia, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
- Crisis, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality
Routledge Advances in Disability Studies. 2014. Crisis, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality. David Mitchell and Valerie Karr, Editors. New York, NY: Author.
People with disabilities are among the most adversely affected during conflict situations or when natural disasters strike. They experience higher mortality rates, have fewer available resources and less access to help, especially in refugee camps, as well as in post-disaster environments. Already subject to severe discrimination in many societies, people with disabilities are often overlooked during emergency evacuation, relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts.
- Disability and Disasters: Explorations and Exchanges
Disability and Disaster: Explorations and Exchanges. Kelman, I and Stough, L. M, Editors. (2015). Palgrave MacMillan, United Kingdom: Author.
Disability and Disaster adds disaster research to the expanding area of disability studies. This edited collection includes writings by international scholars and first-hand narratives from individuals with disabilities, or knowing people with disabilities, affected by disaster.
- The Right to Be Rescued: Disability Justice in an Age of Disaster
Adrien A. Weibgen. 2014-2015 Volume 124, Number 7. The Right to Be Rescued: Disability Justice in an Age of Disaster. New Haven, CT: The Yale Law Journal.
This Note explores the legal responsibilities that local governments have toward marginalized communities in a time of crisis and argues that people with disabilities (PWDs) have a “right to be rescued”: a legal right to have their unique needs accounted for and addressed in emergency planning.