Disability and Disaster Resources

Links to Resources for Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction, Response, Recovery, Mitigation and Community Resilience Before, During and After Disasters

There are over 61 million adults with disabilities in the US and well over 1 billion children and adults with disabilities worldwide. These individuals are two to four times more likely to be injured or die in a disaster. And, the frequency and intensity of disasters continues to grow. People with disabilities must be actively involved in their own preparedness, and in the preparedness of their neighborhood and their community. Their families, co-workers, neighbors and allies must also commit to inclusive community resilience. The following resources provide information, tools and strategies to get ready before disaster strikes again and links for help during and after a disaster impacts your community.

A series of self-paced learning modules aims to build understanding about how to design and implement disaster risk reduction planning and preparedness strategies that are inclusive for all. 

This checklist is for emergency planners, managers, responders, and public information officers (PIOs) who have responsibility for developing, maintaining, testing, delivering and revising emergency plans and services.

The Pass It on Center works with Assistive Technology Act Programs and their nonprofit affiliates in other states and territories to provide safe, appropriate interim devices until a new, permanent device becomes available.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs in Emergencies https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/children-with-special-healthcare-needs.html

  • Feeling Safe, Being Safe

Guided by the Consumer Advisory Committee of the California Department of the Developmental Services, Feeling Safe, Being Safe materials provide practical learning required to put together personal emergency preparedness plans to share with family, neighbors and community support agencies. http://brcenter.org/lib/FSBS.php

  • Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery-Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices

An emergency power planning checklist for people who use electricity and battery dependent assistive technology and medical devices https://adata.org/factsheet/emergency-power