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This page contains preparedness resource links for individuals and communities looking for information and resources about emergency preparedness and disaster response, recovery, and mitigation that is inclusive of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

Preparedness Resources for Individuals

  • Ready.gov Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation. Go to Ready.gov preparedness for people with disabilities and access and functional needs.
  • Disability.Gov - Guide to Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery - This federal government website contains 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. It provides comprehensive information on emergency preparedness, response and recovery plans that take into account the needs of people with disabilities, as well as practical tips on how individuals, schools, and places of business can prepare for emergencies.
  • DisastersRUs links visitors to essential information for people with disabilities, their family members, care providers, emergency managers, planners and responders. The website also lists National Organization on Disability Principles of disAbility Preparedness and Disaster Mitigation Tips for Persons with Disabilities. The main focus of the website is on disasters that affect Florida and the Southeast U.S.
  • Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities is a National Organization on Disability pamphlet that provides useful recommendations on how to ensure a state of personal readiness for people with disabilities.
  • Feeling Safe, Being Safe provides tools for personal emergency preparedness that can be shared with family, neighbors and community support agencies. The program is guided by the Consumer Advisory Committee of the California Department of the Developmental Services, which is committed to helping others, people with disabilities and without, to Think–Plan and Do in order to create a personalized disaster preparation plan and put together a home emergency kit using easily accessible Feeling Safe, Being Safe tools including the Feeling Safe Being Safe: My Personal Safety in an Emergency worksheet (ESP). The Department of Developmental Services Feeling Safe, Being Safe webinar is a training that helps all people take charge of their own emergency preparation by providing tools and instruction that are used easily in their homes.
  • Coping with Disasters is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It provides general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience prior to, during and after natural or human-engineered disasters. The effects of a disaster, terrorist attack or other public health emergency can be unpredictable, and long-lasting. The resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster.
  • FEMA Section 508 Accessibility Statement
  • Limited English Proficiency Website - LEP.gov promotes a positive and cooperative understanding of the importance of language access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs.

Preparedness Resources for Communities

  • Tailoring the Preparedness Message for a Nonprofit's Audience - Neil McDevitt, Executive Director for the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, uses social media and video as one communication vehicle to reach his organization's audience about disaster preparedness.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides communities and responders with behavorial health resources that help them prepare, respond, and recover from disasters.
  • Community Preparedness: Simple Activities for Everyone - An online course that presents a model program for community preparedness and materials to help conduct simple preparedness activities for everyone. The course is designed for communities, emergency management personnel, and representatives of faith-based and nonprofit organizations.
  • ADA Guide for Local Governments on Emergency Preparedness - This website is sponsored by the Department of Justice. One of the most important roles of local government is to protect its citizens from harm, including helping people prepare for and respond to emergencies. Making local government emergency preparedness and response programs accessible to people with disabilities is a critical part of this responsibility. Making these programs accessible is also required by the ADA of 1990.
  • Emergency Management Under Title II of the ADA - This website, sponsored by the Department of Justice, provides guidance on how to make emergency management programs, services and activities accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. Please also review the Title II Checklist can be used to conduct a preliminary assessment of your emergency management programs, policies, procedures, and shelter facilities.
  • Preparing the Workplace for Everyone - This publication, first published in 2005 by the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities, provides a framework of emergency preparedness guidelines for federal agencies.
  • Federal Relay Service - The Federal Relay Service is a federal government telecommunications service provided by the General Services Administration, which enables federal employees who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf/blind, or have speech disabilities equal communication access. Using FedRelay, federal employees may conduct official duties. The FedRelay also allows the general public to conduct business with the federal government and its agencies.
  • Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness - The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities was established to ensure that the federal government appropriately supports safety and security for individuals with disabilities in disaster situations.
  • Executive Order No. 13347 - This Executive Order, issued by President George W. Bush on July 22, 2004, ensures that the Federal Government appropriately supports safety and security for individuals with disabilities in situations involving disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes and acts of terrorism.

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02/13/2015 - 16:51
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