Preparedness for People With Disabilities

American Red Cross

Emergencies can happen at a moment's notice. Mobility problems and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are better prepared for any urgent situation. Find more information at www.redcross.org

Check out the American Red Cross’ booklet, Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs, which gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date. These tips provide people with disabilities and their caregivers with guidance in managing communications, equipment, pets and home hazards. The materials were co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

Ready.gov

Visit the Ready.gov page on Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs for information on the following topics:

  • How to Make a Plan & Create a Support Network
  • Preparedness Videos
  • Download and Print a Plan
  • Check your Emergency Supply Kit
  • Make a Medical Plan: Including Medications and Medical Supplies
  • Plan for Possible Evacuation
  • Make a Power Outage Plan
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Speech Disability
  • Mobility Disability
  • Service Animals
  • Behavior Support

Smart911

Smart911 is a service that allows individuals to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. If special equipment is needed to assist a person with a physical disability, or if specific tactics need to be used to approach or interact with someone with a development disability, these details can ensure a safe response. With Smart911, both 9-1-1 call takers and first responders know exactly what you want them to know in any kind of emergency. Find out more about Smart911 here.

Job Accommodation Network

Employers' Guide to Including Employees with Disabilities in Emergency Evacuation Plans