The challenge is to integrate and weave preparedness activities into your typical activities daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, yearly so they are not considered extra, ‘in addition to’, or “special projects, but just a normal, standard & regular part of life as usual.
Note to reader,
These resources are selected based on an informal analysis of:
GuidesEmergency Preparedness at Home for People with Disabilities: Guidelines , last accessed 01.29.10
Emergency Travel Safety Tips for Overnight Stays, Edition 1 – October 2017 - Tips for everyone. Items with a [*] are specifically for people with disabilities who because of a variety of disabilities (mobility, breathing, allergies, hearing, seeing, walking, understanding or chronic conditions) may have difficulty or be unable to: use stairwells, hear alarms, see or read exit signs and understand instructions. Safety tips include: check-in, personal support, in your guest room, other safety tips and more resources.
Feeling Safe, Being Safe – Webcasts, videos and materials developed with, for and by people with disabilities. Easy-to-use tools that employ a simple learning method, Think-Plan-Do. Uses plan language and accessible formats to ensure use by a broad rand of individuals who may have limitations in reading, understanding, learning, and remembering, Training is available through webcast individual training as well as group training. ** Last accessed 05.21.11Personal Emergency Preparedness: Who Are Your People? last accessed 01.29.10
Disaster Preparedness Tips for PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, ** [English and Spanish] by June Kailes - Although these "Tip Sheets" focus on earthquake safety, they are useful for all types of disaster preparedness: power outages, fires, floods, hurricanes, nuclear power plant accidents, tornados, tsunamis, volcanoes, winter storms and very cold or very hot weather. last accessed 01.29.10
Prepare in a Year – one hour a month helps you be ready for disasters whenever they occur. from the Emergency Management Division, State of Washington, last accessed 09.4.12
Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities – (2004) from FEMA, available in Spanish Formats: PDF, TXT, last accessed 09.4.12
Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs – Video (2013) Captioned and signed, contains information specific to people with disabilities and others access and functional needs regarding emergency preparedness.
Psychological Preparedness for Stressful Events - from the Virginia, last accessed 01.3.12
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. Last accessed 04.29.15Food
Evacuation and Accommodation of People with Disabilities - Project Safe EV-AC - posted 11/23/06
Travel Safety Tips for Overnight Stays,
Edition 1 – October 2017 -
Tips for everyone.
Items with a [*] are specifically for people with disabilities who
because of a
variety of disabilities (mobility, breathing, allergies, hearing,
walking, understanding or chronic conditions) may have difficulty or be
to: use stairwells, hear alarms, see or read exit signs and understand
instructions. Safety tips include
support, in your guest room, other
safety tips and more resources.
Inclusive Event Procedures for Emergencies, Edition I, October 2017 - Event procedures for emergencies should be incorporated into event planning. Emergency procedures should anticipate the needs of everyone. Planning should recognize that there will be attendees with disabilities who may need evacuation or other assistance in an emergency. These attendees have a variety of disabilities (mobility, breathing, allergies, hearing, seeing, reading, understanding) or chronic conditions and may have difficulty or be unable to: use stairwells, hear alarms, see or read exit signs and understand instructions. Contents include: applying emergency planning strategies, safety considerations for site selection, projecting numbers of attendees with disabilities, checklist for inclusive emergency safety briefings for attendees, emergency planning with event facilities staff and more resources. Readers should use this emergency event guidance in conjunction with information found in “Accessible Meetings, Events, and Conferences Guide.” http://www.adahospitality.org/accessible-meetings-events-conferences-guide/book
Access & Functional Needs Evacuation Planning Toolkit DVD supports counties in planning for the evacuation and transportation needs of all individuals during an emergency. Includes issues to consider while planning for a large scale evacuation and provides tools. last accessed 02.28.16Be Ready to Go: Evacuation Transportation Planning Tips for People with Access and Functional Needs. June Kailes  last accessed 02.28.16
Training and planning materials to be used by trusted community organizations to teach disaster readiness practices to people who are served by the organizations. Useful local fire service agencies and partner community organizations to increase installation and testing of smoke alarms in high fire-risk residences, and provide effective smoke and fire safety planning by the individuals and families living in those residences. last accessed 05.21.11Fire Risks Series: Fire Risks for Older Adults, FEMA & US Fire Administration, 1999. PDF Format, last accessed 01.3.12
Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Others with Access And Functional Needs  Earthquake County Alliance
Earthquake Information from U.S. Geological Survey adena Office , last accessed 01/30/08, includes minute by minute current information, including:
Living and Lasting on Shaky
Ground: An Earthquake
Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities, 1996, 147
** Format PDF: A, B, C, D, E, F
Provides practical and disability-specific information used as a preparation tool for individuals with disabilities, their friends, families and service providers. Guide also serves as a training tool kit for disability-related organizations who offer workshops on earthquake preparedness for people with disabilities.
preparation is important, creating practical plans, identifying
developing strategies and putting plans into practice.
Disabled People and Disaster Planning a group of people primarily from Los Angeles County who met during 1996 and 1997 and formulated recommendations to reduce problems with accessibility that many people with disabilities experienced after the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. This group included individuals with disabilities and individuals from the disaster planning and response professions. ** last accessed 01/17/08
Disaster Preparedness For Persons With Disabilities Improving California's Response: A Report by The California Department of Rehabilitation, April 1997. ** last accessed 01.3.12
Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Communication Access: Lessons Learned Since 9/11 and Recommendations the work of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), The report represents an extensive summary of personal experiences by individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing on the fateful day of September 11, 2001 and thereafter under different circumstances.** last accessed 12.26.09
September 11, 2001: A Day to Remember,** New Mobility, 11/0, last accessed 01/17/08
Unsafe Refuge, Why did so many wheelchair users die on Sept. 11? ** New Mobility, 12/01, last accessed 01/17/08
Why We Don't Prepare Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Wildfires, Earthquakes ..., by AMANDA RIPLEY/ BOULDER, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, Time Magazine –An excellent and thought provoking article. Word Format
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: Taking Responsibility For Your Safety, A Guide For People with Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations - ** last accessed 01.29.10, From June Kailes , contents - see description under Guides
Preparedness: Taking Responsibility For Your Safety - Tips for People
Activity Limitations and Disabilities
Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Program  **, Formats: PDF, Microsoft Word 1 & 2, last accessed 01.29.10, contents - see description under Guides
a neighborhood readiness plan – from the City of Los Angeles …
with over 4
million people in the City, rescuers may not be able to provide
support to every neighborhood in need. Neighbors should be prepared to
themselves for several days to weeks depending on the size of the
accessed 08.16.13, resources include:
Map Your Neighborhood last accessed 05.24.11
A promising practice, from Washington State, helps neighborhoods prepare for disasters
Videos"How To" video clips: last accessed 04/13/08
Students at Oregon School for the Deaf created a video in American Sign Language to help the American Red Cross Williamette Chapter in Salem, Oregon reach more people in the community. It informs people about 3 important preparedness actions for emergencies – Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed. - 5 minutesPreparedness Videos last accessed11.7.09
Emergency Car Kit: 10 Essentials for a Road Evacuation - 2 minutes, last accessed 02.5.10, Access Issues: not captioned, but text transcript is included on the web page!
Specific Functional Need Focus
Chemical Sensitivities and Allergies, last accessed 01/17/08
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filtration) Filter Fans
Once you have sealed a room with plastic sheeting and duct tape you may have created a better barrier between you and any contaminants that may be outside. However, no seal is perfect and some leakage is likely. In addition to which, you may find yourself in a space that is already contaminated to some degree.
Consider a portable air purifier, with a HEPA filter, to help remove contaminants from the room where you are sheltering. These highly efficient filters have small sieves that can capture very tiny particles, including some biological agents. Once trapped within a HEPA filter contaminants cannot get into your body and make you sick. While these filters are excellent at filtering dander, dust, molds, smoke, biological agents and other contaminants, they will not stop chemical gases.
Some people, particularly
those with severe allergies and
asthma, use HEPA filters in masks, portable air purifiers as well as in
home or industrial models to continuously filter the air.
Disaster Preparedness: A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities - Produced by The Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition. Formats: PDF, Microsoft Word. Last accessed 12.26.12
Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind People
Building an Emergency Kit: Checklist, By Elizabeth Spiers, 2007, Association for the Deaf-Blind, Last accessed 01.11.12
Preparedness for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind People
- Video is signed
and captioned, last
Videos - also see
Videos with ASL interpreters advising how to prepare for and cope with emergencies. The 18 videos also have an audible voice over and text appearing alongside the interpreter. Along with the videos is the Emergency Preparedness Guide formatted in Braille, large print, and regular font for download. Last accessed 12.26.09
Information in an Emergency from Community
Preparedness Network (Formats:
PDF) posted 01.3.12
National Fire Protection Association’s comprehensive guide on Smoke Alarms for People Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, (Format: PDF), last accessed 12.26.09
Personal Assistance Services Users
Preparedness Webinar for
PAS Users: Transcript, Slides Personal
Assistance Center for Personal Assistance Services 8/23/13. Highlights
relevant to individuals who use personal assistants, attendants.
elements include support teams, communication, evacuating and
supplies and resources that provide additional ‘how to” details on
Input from online surveys and research with PAS
users with real world experience with living through an emergency are
into this webinar.
Emergency Preparedness for Personal Assistant Services (PAS) Users, Edition 2.0, 2016 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. WORD
Planning for People
Who Use Electricity and Battery Dependent Assistive Technology and
Devices, ** From June Kailes , format: PDF,
contents - see description under Guides
Emergency power planning for people who use electricity and battery dependent assistive technology and medical devices Checklist and Podcast (2013) from Pacific ADA Center.
Limited Speech: Preparedness Checklist last accessed 09/18/08
Animals in Emergencies – What Owners Need to Know, 40 minute video 2007, captioned, last accessed 12.23.11, Spanish Version
Service Animal Emergency Preparedness, last accessed 01/17/08
Information form: Interagency Coordinating Council On Emergency Preparedness And Individuals With Disabilities last accessed 09.2.10
Forms, Checklists, Tools, Sample, etc. (Format Microsoft Word), Posted 04/15/08
& Go List **
Information (2011 Edition 2)** in PDF,
Communication Passport Accident and Emergency - a picture and plan text method for communicating emergency health information PDFEmergency Neighbor Contact List **
emergency contacts listed in priority order (first person reached calls
on this list) (2015)
Are You Ready Guide FEMA Guide,
<>American Red Cross Preparedness Publications, last accessed 12.26.09
Prepare in a Year – one hour each month helps you be ready for disasters whenever they occur. last accessed 09.4.12 , from the Emergency Management Division, State of Washington
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