Emergency Preparedness & Evacuation
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers information and resources to promote an inclusive approach to emergency peparedness and response.
NOD offers information for people with disabilities, emergency planners, and responders, as well as tips for employers and businesses on preparedness in the workplace.
The CEPIN works to develop model community education programs for deaf and hard of hearing consumers.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides information on its rules requiring broadcasters and cable operators to make local emergency information accessible to people who have hearing or vision disabilities.
The NFPA offers a vareity of materials for both individuals with disabilities and public educators.
This guide was prepared by Easters Seals Project ACTION with Elizabeth Davis, Director of the National Organization of Disability’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative.
This site offers preparedness information in a number of languages for businesses and individuals, including several instructional videos in American Sign Language (ASL). The site also features information for "Individuals with Access and Functional Needs" which includes people with disabilities or dietary needs, people with limited English proficiency, and people without personal vehicles.
The site also features preparedness information for kids with kid-friendly information about disaster preparedness, games and puzzles, and sections for parents and educators, with activities, materials, and resources to help kids prepare for disasters and cope with trauma.
This campaign from the American Public Health Organization (APHA) includes general preparedness tips for people with disabilities, as well as specific tips for people with mobility, hearing, vision, and cognitive disabilities. Tips are available in both English and Spanish in PDF and text formats, as well as audio recordings. Additionally, you can watch videos presented via YouTube in American Sign Language (ASL).
The CDC features information on preparedness for biological, chemical, and radiological threats. Information is posted in several languages.
The Red Cross coordinates relief efforts around the world, and offers information (English and Spanish) and products for preparedness.
Department of Justice
The Department of Justice offers An ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities. Additionally, check out Chapter 7 of their ADA Best Practices Toolkit for State and Local Governments, which includes information on emergency management programs and an ADA Checklist for Emergency Shelters.
This independent federal agency has authored several publications with findings and recommendations to guide inclusive, collaborative emergency management efforts.
The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)
The NASDDDS Emergency Response Preparedness Self Assessment Instrument was developed to help state officials evaluate their preparedness plans in light of the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The RTCIL offers several free online courses for individiuals, health professionals, emergency planners, responders, and disaster relief workers. Topics covered range from disability etiquette and providing assistance to people with various types of disabilities in emergency situations, to planning and preparedness for service animals and pets.
The JAN consultants have compiled resources and information on emergency evacuation, policies and procedures, work site modifications and accommodations, and training and resources.
This office in the U.S. Department of Labor offers information about emergency preparedness in the workplace. The site includes a "template" entitled Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting for the Needs of People with Disabilities, which was designed as a guide for planning and implementation activities for federal agencies.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
United Spinal Association
This association has a publication Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users at Work and at Home.
June Kailes' web site offers Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities, Disability-Related Organizations, Emergency Managers & Planners.
The DP2: Disabled People and Disaster Planning web site information was compiled to address earthquake readiness and response, but much of the information may be helpful in other situations. Topics discussed include: preparation, accessibility issues in emergency shelters, training for rescue and law enforcement workers, evacuation for wheelchair users, and communication and information dissemination.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website includes Animal Disaster Preparedness, covering strategies and emergency preparedness training for animals. (This article discusses pets, not service animals).