The Board is making its own evacuation plan for employees and visitors with disabilities publicly available, as well as summary on how it was developed, as a resource for other organizations who may implement or update their own plans.
As part of the USDA TARGET Discovery Series, watch this Webcast to learn how to develop emergency evacuation and shelter-in-place plans that take into account the needs of all individuals. Anyone may develop a new disability during an emergency, so find ways to create and improve plans and procedures that truly fit everyone.
Reference guide from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information on disability related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities in emergency preparedness and disaster relief.
Summarizes equal access requirements for people with disabilities as they relate to disaster care, housing and human services. This guide explains how applicable Federal laws relate to government entities and non-government, private sector and religious organizations. Read the complete guide by clicking here.
Resources for individuals, families, caregivers and service providers, including Just in Case: Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers and links to other federal departments and national relief agencies.
Whether a child has personally experienced trauma or has merely seen the event on television or heard it discussed by adults, it is important for parents and teachers to be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to occur.
Instructional video from Ready.gov provides information for people with a disabilities and their family members on planning for a natural disaster or emergency. A Flasher Player is required to view the video.
Guide from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials contains evidence-based guidance on the protection of at-risk populations during an influenza pandemic. Public health, emergency management, universities and community organizations participated in developing these tools and practices. This link opens a PDF document.
Comprehensive information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about bioterrorism agents (such as Anthrax), diseases and other threats.
Free webcast from PEPNet that provides participants with information that will bridge the communication gap for both emergency responders and consumers during a campus crisis. PEPNet provides resources and expertise that enhance educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing--including those with co-occurring disabilities.
Homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding can apply for disaster relief assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To apply by phone call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)/1-800-462-7585 TTY for people who are speech- or hearing-impaired. The toll-free number is open 24 hours a day.
Information on communicating during emergencies with people with limited speech. For more resources visit the Web site of the Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers.
Tips from the American Red Cross on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and maintaining these plans for people with mobility problems or who have hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities.
This Web site is the result of Executive Order 13411, which requires the government to simplify the process of identifying and applying for disaster assistance. The site includes information about more than 40 kinds of disaster assistance. You can apply for assistance with a single, online application.
Temple University is offering online classes to help the public health workforce and emergency managers to address the needs of special populations, including people with disabilities and older Americans.
U.S. Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guide for facilities managers on the notification of an emergency situation and evacuation of a building involving individuals with disabilities.
Information from DisabilityPreparedness.gov on the critical roles played by individuals with and without disabilities in emergency preparedness. As more people and organizations come together to expand this work, people with disabilities, their family and friends, and the community as a whole will benefit.
Fact sheet from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding steps people with special needs can take to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster.
A guide for state, territorial, tribal and local emergency managers to use in the development of emergency operations plans (EOPs) that are inclusive of the entire population of a jurisdiction of any size. This guide specifically provides recommendations for planning for special needs populations. The entire document can be downloaded in text or .pdf formats.
General information on how to use NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) as an alerting tool for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Provides critical public safety information including weather forecasts, watches, warnings and advisories as well as links on weather safety and emergency preparedness.
Provides guidance to first responders on how best to perform a rescue using equipment and procedures for a safe evacuation of people with disabilities.
A three-year development project to improve evacuation from buildings, vehicles, and other settings during emergencies by providing free information and training materials on the EVacuation and ACcommodation of people with disabilities. Visit the Project Safe EV-AC Library.
Information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on how to be prepared in case of a national emergency, including a possible terrorist attack. Includes information relevant to businesses, employees, families, individuals with disabilities and others.
Provides information on self-help in coping after a disaster and what to do if additional help is needed.
The special-needs NOAA Weather Radio has recently been designed to adapt to the needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Fact sheet examines three questions often asked by survivors: What symptoms can one experience as a result of disaster experiences? What factors increase the risk of readjustment problems? What can disaster survivors do to best recover from disaster stress?
Promotes equal access to telecommunications, media and information technology for individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened, or deaf-blind. TDI also addresses the issues of high-quality captioning of television programs and equal access to 9-1-1 centers and other public safety answering points, including the innovative course, Emergency Responders and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community: Taking the First Steps to Disaster Preparedness.