Emergency Preparedness

Be Real, Specific, and Current: Emergency Preparedness Information for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs, Edition 1.0, 2016

Preparedness information for the general population is not always equally applicable for people with disabilities. General emergency preparedness information is important for everyone. These materials can be more inclusive when they contain information that focuses on specific functional needs. 

Offers guidance, examples, and resources on promoting or producing these materials and includes checking that the content:

  • is developed in partnership (of, with and by) people who live with disabilities and others with access and functional needs;
  • includes information that is useful and specific to people with limitations in hearing, vision, mobility, speech, and cognition (thinking, understanding, learning, remembering);
  • describes disability in accurate and respectful ways and uses neutral terms that avoid offensive words which reflect negative attitudes and stereotypes;
  • focuses on no cost and low cost preparedness in addition to costly activities;
  • recognizes that that not all people can afford to buy emergency supplies and equipment;
  • is available in accessible and usable formats and give users information on how to get these materials in other formats such as large print, audio, disks, or Braille; and
  • uses resources that are clearly described and annotated with specific links to more resources.   PDF   Word

Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Guide

This guide, available in a variety of formats, focuses on developing emergency evacuation preparedness plans that take into account the needs of people with disabilities and activity limitations. The development of this publication was supported by grants from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and from Bank of America.   Text (96 KB) Web version, PDF (372 KB), Word (508 KB)

Emergency Health Information: Savvy Health Care Consumer Series

This booklet guides you through developing your emergency health information. You should keep copies of this information in your wallet (behind driver’s license or official identification card) and emergency kits. It tells rescuers important information about you if they find you unconscious, or unable to provide information. It contains information about your medications, equipment, allergies, communication difficulties, preferred treatment and medical providers, and important contact people. Word (212KB), PDF (240KB), 2011.

Emergency Preparedness for Personal Assistant Services (PAS) Users, Edition 2.0, 2016

This guide contains tips specific to individuals who use personal assistants, attendants or caregivers. Planning elements include a checklist, support teams, communication, evacuating and sheltering, supplies and resources that provide more ‘how to” details.   PDF    Word 

Emergency Supplies Kits for People with Disabilities and Activity Limitations, 2010, Edition 2.0, 2016

Checklist suggests emergency kit contents including no cost supplies, that you can tailor to your needs and abilities. Kits to consider for different places and situations: keep it with you, grab and go, home, bedside and car. Specific suggestions are made for hearing, speech and communication and vision issues as well as for wheelchair and scooter users, service animal owners and people with allergies, chemical sensitivities and breathing conditions.   PDF   Word

Guidance for Integrating People with Disabilities in Emergency Drills, Table Tops and Exercises, Edition 1, 2015

This guide was prepared for North Carolina Emergency Management. It uses the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Master Task List format commonly used in the field to provide a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. The second column is what is new and it focuses on steps that to recruit, accommodate, include, and get feedback from people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in your exercises. It also includes some suggestions for injects that can be tailored to your specific exercise. It is work in progress. Your feedback is encouraged.  pdf 

Tips for Emergency Use of Mobile Devices, Edition 2, 2015

Cell phones, smart phones and other mobile wireless devices like tablets are a big part of our lives. We rarely leave home without them and we often store important information on them. In a small or large emergency they can be a communication life line. Provides details regarding preparing your device to quickly get and give emergency information which includes a checklist, emergency contacts and documents, alerts, texting, apps, bookmarks of important mobile sites, “no service” backup plans, skill drills and other resources.  pdf

Checklist for Integrating People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning, Response & Recovery (2014)