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ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities

Authors: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section


This ADA guide for local governments on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities offers practical planning information for before, during, and after an emergency/evacuation situation. The four page guide includes instruction and action steps on planning for a community's emergency response.

The plan advises readers on the following areas:

1) Develop an emergency services plan that solicits and incorporates input from people with different types of disabilities.

2) Provide inclusive emergency notification methods to inform people with various sensory impairments such as those who are deaf or hard of hearing. It may be necessary to use several forms of notification.

3) Adopt policies to ensure that the community evacuation plans enable people with disabilities, including those who have mobility impairments, vision impairments, hearing impairments, cognitive disabilities, mental illness, or other disabilities, to safely self-evacuate or to be evacuated by others.

4) Survey the community's shelters for barriers to access for persons with disabilities, and ensure that a reasonable number of emergency shelters have back-up generators and a way to keep medications refrigerated for those who require medications.

5) Identify tempory accessible housing that could be used if people with disabilities cannot immediately return home after a disaster.

Contact Info:
Organization:U.S. Department of Justice
Address:950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
Washington, DC 20530
Cost:No Cost

Web Links

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Download the guide (PDF format)

Home page of the publisher, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section

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