Emergency Preparedness Publications & Resources

FEDERAL RESOURCES

FEDERAL RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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.

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Emergency Preparedness: Including People with Disabilities

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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.

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Mental Health All-Hazards Disaster Planning Guidance

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Natural Disasters and Severe Weather Links

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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).

Why Participate?

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.

Interested?

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.

Questions?

Please email Sarah Yates at syates@naccho.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

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Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources Assistance Center and Information Exchange

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Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response emPOWER Map

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

A Guide to Interacting with People Who Have Disabilities

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Are You Ready?

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Individuals with Disabilities or Access and Functional Needs

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Management Directive on Nondiscrimination for Individuals with Disabilities in DHS-Conducted Programs and Activities

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People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs: Preparing and Planning for an Emergency

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Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities

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Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

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Rehabilitation Act 40th Anniversary Video

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Tips for Effectively Communicating with Protected Populations during Response and Recovery

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Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD)

HUD Guidance on CDBG Compliance with the Rehabilitation Act

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Department of Justice (DOJ)

ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments. Chapter 3, General Effective Communication Requirements Under Title II of the ADA

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ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments. Chapter 7, ADA Checklist for Emergency Shelters

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ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities

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ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness

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Project Civic Access Tool Kit

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CALIF, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al.: Statement of interest and settlement agreement documents

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BCID, et al. v. City of NY, et al.: Statement of interest, opinion and order, and settlement factsheet and settlement agreement documents

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Department of Labor (DOL)

Accessible Social Media

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Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employers' Guide to Including Employees with Disabilities in Emergency Evacuation Plans

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A Framework of Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Federal Agencies. Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting for the Needs of People with Disabilities

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Disability.Gov Emergency Preparedness Links

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Evacuating Populations with Special Needs: Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Accessibility of Emergency Information on Television

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Fact Sheets on Closed Captioning and Access to Emergency Information

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities in the Provision of Disaster Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services

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ADA 25th Anniversary

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CERT Basic Training Participant Manual

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Course: Including People with Disabilities and others with Access and Functional Needs in Disaster Operations

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Disability Integration works with Disaster Survivor Assistance

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Disability Integration - How to use American Sign Language Interpreters

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Disability Integration - Inspector Visit

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Disability Integration - Just Ask

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Disability Integration - Registration

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Emergency Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs

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FEMA Assistance does not Impact Government Benefits

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FEMA Personal Assistance Services in Shelters Fact Sheet

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Functional Needs of People with Disabilities: Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers and Responders

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Getting Real: Promising Practices in Inclusive Emergency Management

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Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters

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National Planning Frameworks

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National Preparedness System

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Office of Disability Integration and Coordination

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Office of Disability Integration and Coordination History and Milestones

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Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs

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Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs

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Using Universal Design in Disaster Recovery

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We Prepare Everyday - Public Service Announcement

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Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA)

Information Regarding Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products in an Emergency

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National Council on Disability (NCD)

Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During, and After Emergencies

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Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities

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Emergency Management

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The Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on People with Disabilities: A Look Back and Remaining Challenges

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Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning

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National Organization on Disability (NOD)

Functional Needs of People with Disabilities: A Guide for Emergency Managers, Planners and Responders

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Prepare Yourself: Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities

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United States Access Board

U.S. Access Board Issues Guidelines for Emergency Transportable Housing

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STATE RESOURCES

California Department of Developmental Services - Feeling Safe, Being Safe

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California Office of Emergency Services- Office for Access and Functional Needs

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California Office of Emergency Services: Access and Functional Needs Evacuation Planning Toolkit

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California Office of Emergency Services - Shakeout 2014: Five Videos for People with Access and Functional Needs

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Illinois Emergency Management Agency Sign Language Preparedness Videos

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Minnesota Functional Needs Planning Toolkit

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Texas Department of Public Safety

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Texas Emergency Communication Toolkit

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Texas Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS)

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Texas: Northeast Texas Public Health District - Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Accessible Emergency Information

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Vermont: Just in Case...Be Ready for an Emergency: An Emergency Readiness Planning Guide for People Who May Need Extra Assistance

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Virginia: Winter Preparedness Tips

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Washington Emergency Management Division Preparedness Video Clips

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OTHER COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Accessible Communication 4 All

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ADA National Network/FEMA Webinar Series: Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

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Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities

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Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke

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Checklist for Inclusive Emergency Management

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Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

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Effective Communication with People with Disabilities- A Curriculum for Public Information Officers

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Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities

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Emergency Evacuation Preparedness - Taking Responsibility for Your Safety: A Guide for People with Disabilities and other Limitations

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Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices

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Encountering People with Disabilities in Emergency Situations

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Feeling Safe, Being Safe

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Functional Needs of People with Disabilities: A Guide for Emergency Managers, Planners and Responders

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Inclusive Emergency Management 101: Integrating the Disability Community in Disaster Planning and Response

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National Fire Protection Association

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Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

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Pass it on Center Emergency Management

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Planning for the Whole Community

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Portlight Strategies

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St. Petersburg College's National Terrorism Preparedness Institute Planning for the Whole Community

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Tools for Personal Emergency Preparedness

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United Spinal Wheelchair Safety at Home and at Work

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INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES

CBM International

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Centre for Disability in Development (CDD)

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Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

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Disability and Emergency Risk Management for Health

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Disaster Reduction - Meet Kazol, 'Disaster Prepared'

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Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network

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EUR-OPA, A Consortium of Several European States: Major Hazards and People with Disabilities

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Germany - ASB Arbeitet Samariter Bund

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Handicap International

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Pacific Disability Forum

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South Asian Disability Forum

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ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Crisis, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality

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Disability and Disasters: Explorations and Exchanges

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The Right to Be Rescued: Disability Justice in an Age of Disaster

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