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This department features products containing strategies for agencies supporting people with disabilities to ensure that people can be as safe as possible in the face of emergencies and disasters.

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Managed by: Barbara Brent (bbrent@nasddds.org) of National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (43 Products)
Electronic Media (21 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (7 Products)
Online Forums (1 Products)
Other (3 Products)


Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
A Shared Responsibility: The need for an inclusive approach to emergency planning for people with disabilities
This report gives many ideas on emergency planning for people with disabilities. The ideas cover communication, medical, functional Independence, supervision, and transportation needs.
ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities
This guide offers practical planning information for before, during, and after an emergency/evacuation situation. You can read it online or download it as a PDF file.
After the Storm: A Guide to Help Children Cope with the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane
This 41-page book has information, activities, and coping strategies to help parents and children cope with their reactions and feelings resulting from a hurricane and its aftermath. You can download it as a PDF.
Creating Safe Communities
This booklet helps local governments in Canada understand their legal “duty to accommodate” people with disabilities in emergency planning and response.
Crisis Management and Working with the Media
This book can help service providers prepare for, respond to and recover from dangerous, tragic or embarrassing situations.
Disaster Preparedness for Families of Children with Special Needs
This guide helps the families of children and youth with special health care needs to be prepared in the event of an emergency, disaster, or acts of terrorism. You can download it for free as a PDF.
Disaster Preparedness, A Guide for Human Service Providers in Emergency Situations
This 50-page book is a comprehensive planning guide for emergency preparedness in the Human Services environment.
Emergency and Disaster Relief and Preparedness for People With Disabilities Partnered With Assistance Dogs
This webpage has ideas for emergency responders about how to support people with disabilities and their service animals.
Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide For People with Disabilities
This guide has general information on emergency evacuation planning. It was developed with input from the disability community.
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety
This guide helps people with disabilities learn how to prepare in case they need to get out of a building fast.
Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Employees with Disabilities
This booklet tells organizations the steps necessary to prepare evacuation plans.
Emergency Management Be Prepared Kit
These three booklets help persons with disabilities be prepared before an emergency happens.
Emergency Planning Checklist
This planning checklist is written for large, long term care settings. Many of the ideas are applicable to any home.
Emergency Preparedness: A Guide for People with Disabilities
This guide helps people with disabilities prepare for what to do in emergency situations. It has ideas for both GO and STAY situations.
Emergency Preparedness: Best Practice Guidelines
These two guides help people be prepared for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. There are separate guides for service providers, and case managers.
Emergency Preparedness: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety Tips for People with Disabilities and Activity Limitations
This booklet tells you how to make an emergency supply kit. It also helps you know how to be ready for an emergency.
Emergency Supply Checklist
This brochure has a checklist of supplies that everyone should include in an emergency supply kit.
Enabling Safe Evacuations
This web article has tips for employers and building managers on emergency preparedness and safe evacuation planning for people with disabilities.
Fact Sheet: Using a Generator When Disaster Strikes
This fact sheet tells how to use a generator. This can help if the electricity goes out.
Feeling Safe, Being Safe
This worksheet helps people with disabilities prepare for an emergency. You can download it as a PDF file.
Fire Safety
This DVD and workbook show the right way to prevent accidents. It is written for DSPs working in either residential or day settings.
Fire Safety Training DVD and Curriculum
This fire safety training DVD comes with an 84-page staff training curriculum.
Functional Needs Support Services Toolkit
This publication helps communities and local governments make sure emergency plans include the needs of people with disabilities. It was developed by the State of Texas.
Guide for Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness Planning
This guide is written to help local and regional planners, responders and government leaders prepare for emergencies. It stresses the importance of including people with disabilities in the planning process.
Impact: Feature Issue on Disaster Preparedness and People with Disabilities
This newsletter is about including people with disabilities in emergency and disaster planning. There are articles about policy, research, and other articles that tell people's stories.
On Target: Disability and Health in New York State
This series of newsletters gives information and advice to individuals with disabilities on matters of health and well-being.
Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities
This 8-panel brochure provides information about how people with disabilities can prepare for emergencies before they happen.
Prepare Yourself: Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities (NOD)
This brochure helps people with disabilities in preparing for a disaster. The entire brochure is available online.
Prepare Yourself: Disaster Readiness Tips for Owners of Pets or Service Animals
This brochure has many ideas to help owners of pets or service animals prepare for a disaster. It can be downloaded as a PDF.
Preparedness: Tips for People with Special Medical Needs
This fact sheet helps people with medical needs prepare for a disaster.
Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (American Red Cross)
This booklet helps people with disabilities prepare for disasters. You can download it as a PDF.
Project Safe EVAC (Evacuation and Accommodation of People with Disabilities) " In Advance: A Practical Handbook for Emergency Planning"
This book gives background information and practical steps in creating sound evacuation plans for people with disabilities.
Project Safe EV-AC: "In a Pinch"
This guide shows how to evacuate persons with different types of disabilities from an emergency or dangerous situations in a matter of seconds or minutes.
Removing the Barriers: A Fire Safety Factsheet for People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers
This is a one-page fact sheet on fire safety for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities
Resources on Emergency Evacuation and Disaster Preparedness
This web-based article concludes with many resources on disability access issues in disaster preparedness and response.
Root Cause Analysis: A Summary of Root Cause Analysis and its use in State Developmental Disabilities Agencies
This paper describes the use of root cause analysis as a strategy to decrease errors and improve services to people with disabilities.
Special Needs: Get a Game Plan, Hurricane Preparedness
This three-page fact sheet has a set of steps for families to follow to be ready for a disaster, such as a hurricane. This guide focuses on meeting a family members specialized health and medical needs.
Strategies in Emergency Preparedness for Transportation-Dependent Populations
This report helps local governments and transportation providers prepare for the needs of people with disabilities during an emergency. It can be downloaded to your computer.
The Needs Of People With Psychiatric Disabilities During And After Hurricanes Katrina And Rita: Position Paper And Recommendations
This report documents that much pre-Katrina disaster planning did not consider the needs of people with psychiatric disabilities. It includes major findings and recommendations for future disaster planning.
The Take and Go Emergency Book
This is a booklet people with disabilities can use to record their personal, medical, and health information. It is meant to be taken along in case of an emergency evacuation.
Tips For First Responders
This is a field guide offering information on how to assist persons with a wide range of disabilities in emergencies. You can purchase it, or download it for free as a PDF.
Transportation and Emergency Preparedness Checklist
This four-page checklist is directed to local government entities and their contracted transportation providers. It can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Workplace Emergency Planning for Workers with Disabilities A Handbook for Employers and Workers
This guide tells everyone ways to assist persons with disabilities if there is an emergency at work.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
Coping with Disaster: A Second Guide for Parents and Other Caregivers of Children with Cognitive Disabilities
This article explains how parents can support their children with disabilities after a disaster. It emphasizes that parents need to manage their own stress in order to help their children.
Coping With Disaster: Suggestions for Helping Children With Cognitive Disabilities
This webpage explains how to help children with cognitive disabilities after a disaster.
Disability Evacuation Plan
This DVD and manual helps businesses plan for emergencies.
Disaster Mitigation for Persons with Disabilities
This web-based article describes seven principles that will help emergency managers work well with people who have disabilities.
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities (DisabilityResources.org)
This web page lists a lot of disability-related disaster preparedness information available on the web.
Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Assistance for Persons with Disabilities
This web page brings together information on how to be prepared for emergencies. There is information for people with disabilities, and for responders.
Emergency Preparedness: An Overview for Aging and Disability
This brief describes how Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) can assist consumers before, during, and after crisis situations.
Emergency Response Training
This DVD has training for both DSPs and people with disabilities about how to prepare for emergencies.
Fire Safety
This DVD and workbook show the right way to prevent accidents. It is written for DSPs working in either residential or day settings.
Fire Safety Training DVD and Curriculum
This fire safety training DVD comes with an 84-page staff training curriculum.
Functional Needs of People with Disabilities A Guide for Emergency Managers, Planners and Responders
This web page informs community planners about considering people with disabilities when preparing disaster relief plans.
HHS emPOWER Map
This is an interactive online map to aid agencies and emergency officials to be prepared for a disaster. It helps them locate people who rely on electronic medical and assistive equipment and would need immediate help if the power went out.
Higher Ground: The Role of Direct Support Professionals During and After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
This is a documentary on the role of direct support professionals in New Orleans during and after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness-Executive Order 13347 (July, 2005)
A report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security provides an overview of what has been accomplished, as well as recommendations regarding supporting individuals with disabilities during a disaster.
Just In Time Disaster Training Videos
These online training videos help people with disabilities prepare for many types of emergencies and disasters.
Prepare Yourself: Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities
This brochure has ideas for people with mobility disabilities in preparing for a disaster. The entire brochure is available online.
READY NOW! Emergency Preparedness Tool Kit For People with Disabilities
This toolkit helps people be prepared for many kinds of emergencies.
Ready.gov
This website is the central location for emergency preparedness information available from the US Federal government.
The ADA and Emergency Shelters: Access for All in Emergencies and Disasters
This guide shows how shelters must prepare in advance so that people with disabilities can use them.
We Watch the City: Stories in the Shadow of 9/11
This documentary video (DVD) shares the experiences of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and those who supported them in the aftermath of 9/11.
www.accessibleemergencyinfo.com
This website has free information for people with disabilities about how to deal with different types of emergencies. There are many video clips with sign language interpreters.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Arkansas Disability and Health Program
The state of Arkansas is working to approve the health of people with disabilities
EAD & Associates, LLC
This agency helps state and local emergency management systems include the needs of people with disabilities in their plans. They also provide training for provider agencies and people with disabilities.
Employers' Guide to Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Evacuation Plans
This report helps employers decide how to include people with disabilities in company emergency evacuation planning.
Handicap International
An organization that works to improve the living conditions, and promote inclusion of people with disabilities around the world.
Inclusive Preparedness Center
This organization helps local and state governments be ready to assist people with disabilities through disasters. They also create materials to educate people with disabilities.
Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC)
This is a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Its purpose is to help meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities in case of a disaster.
Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning
This report provides recommendations to the President for incorporating diverse populations of people with disabilities in emergency preparedness, disaster relief, and homeland security programs.
Online Forums
e-Access
This online information forum is designed to help reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Other
Emergency Evacuation of People With Physical Disabilities From Buildings: 2004 Conference Proceedings
This document summarizes the recommendations from a workshop held in 2004. It addressed the support needs of individuals with physical disabilities in case they need to exit a building quickly.
Emergency Response Preparedness Self-Assessment Instrument
This tool helps state officials think about how well their emergency or disaster plans address the needs of people with disabilities
Preparedness: Tips for People with Special Medical Needs
This fact sheet helps people with medical needs prepare for a disaster.


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