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.
- Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies Disaster Hotline
- REAADI for Disasters Act
- Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
- Be Ready to Go: Evacuation Transportation Planning Tips for People with Access and Functional Needs
- Be Ready To Go: Disability-Specific Supplies For Emergency Kits
- Be Real, Specific, and Current: Emergency Preparedness Information for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs,
- Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices Emergency power planning checklist is for people who use electricity and battery dependent assistive technology and medical devices.
- Emergency Preparedness for Personal Assistant Services (PAS) Users, Edition 2.0, specific tips for individuals who use personal assistants, attendants or caregivers.
- Emergency Travel Safety Tips for Overnight Stays Tips for everyone, including specific tips for people with disabilities
- Tips for Emergency Use of Mobile Devices
- Emergency Registries are pointed to as an easy and logical answer for addressing what are perceived as “special needs” for a small segment of the population. In reality, registry issues are complex, and the needs of people when functionally defined, are not special, and are not limited to just a small group of people.
- Guidance for Integrating People with Disabilities in Emergency Drills, Table Tops and Exercises
- “We Prepare Every Day” Public Service Announcement Open captions, CDI and audio description
- Are You Ready?
- Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
- READY.Gov in Spanish
- Resources for People with Disabilities, Access and Functional Needs
- National Fire Protection Association Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities
- Department of Labor Practical guidelines to help emergency managers and employees plan for workplace emergencies.
- Getting It Wrong: An Indictment with a Blueprint for Getting It Right- Disability Rights, Obligations and Responsibilities Before, During and After Disasters
- Manifesto for Disability Inclusive Emergency Management Before, During and After Disasters
- Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction- A Whole Community Action
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.
- Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
- Trach Mommas of Louisiana provides disability supplies to disaster-impacted people with disabilities
- Checklist for Inclusive Emergency Management
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
- Disability-specific supplies for emergency kits/go kits https://adata.org/factsheet/emergency-supply
Inclusive Event Procedures for Emergencies http://www.jik.com/pubs/InclusiveEventProcedures.docx
- ADA National Network Webinar Series: Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities http://adapresentations.org/archive.php
- FEMA Language Guidelines for Inclusive Emergency Preparedness https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1500396064045-77f0aa8b4179e143c7a0ffd3cb9931e2/Language_Guidelines_Inclusive_Emergency_Management_2017_06_15.pdf
- FEMA Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters http://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/odic/fnss_guidance.pdf
- FEMA Guide for Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in Disasters: A Reference Guide to Federal Law The Reference Guide summarizes equal access requirements for people with disabilities within Disaster Mass Care, Housing, and Human Services functions, explaining how applicable Federal laws relate to government entities and non-government, private sector and religious organizations. https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2007/08/21/accommodating-people-disabilities-disasters-reference-guide-federal-law and https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1617-20490-6430/section689referenceguide.pdf
- National Preparedness Goal The Nation’s approach to preparing for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States.
- National Planning Frameworks The Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to achieve theNational Preparedness Goal. There is one Framework for each of the five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery.
- DHS Management Directive on Nondiscrimination for Individuals with Disabilities in DHS-Conducted Programs and Activities
- DHS Guide to Interacting with People Who Have Disabilities A Resource Guide for DHS Personnel, Contractors, and Grantees from the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
- DHS Tips for effectively communicating with protected populations during response and recovery
- US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) Listening Sessions with Disability Stakeholders February– June 2018
- Listening Sessions with Disability Stakeholders in Disaster Impacted Areas
- Recommendations for Emergency Managers for Improving the Delivery of Disaster Assistance to Disaster Survivors with Disabilities ENGLISH
- Recommendations for Emergency Managers for Improving the Delivery of Disaster Assistance to Disaster Survivors with Disabilities SPANISH
- DHS Instruction on Nondiscrimination for Individuals with Disabilities in DHS-Conducted Programs and Activities
- DHS Component Self-Evaluation and Planning Reference Guide
- CRCL and Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Joint Letter to State and Local Emergency Managers
- Department of Justice ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments
- Chapter 7, Emergency Management under Title II of the ADA
- Chapter 7, Addendum 1: Title II Checklist (Emergency Management) (HTML)| (PDF)
- Chapter 7, Addendum 2:The ADA and Emergency Shelters: Access for All in Emergencies and Disasters (HTML)| (PDF)
- Chapter 7, Addendum 3: ADA Checklist for Emergency Shelters (HTML)| (PDF)
- Introduction to Appendices 1 and 2 (HTML)| (PDF)
- An ADA Guide for Local Governments Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities
- A Resilient Community Is One That Includes and Protects Everyone
- Disability and Disasters: Explorations and Exchanges
- Crisis, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality
- The Right to Be Rescued: Disability Justice in an Age of Disaster
- National Council on Disability – Emergency Management
- United Spinal Wheelchair Safety At Home and at Work
- Planning Checklist for Rapid Emergency Response for Organizations Serving People with Disabilities
- DOJ Statement of Interest, CALIF, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
- Los Angeles Settlement Agreement
- DOJ Statement of Interest, BCIL, et al. v. City of NY, et al.
- New York City Opinion and Order
- New York City Settlement Agreement http://s146926.gridserver.com/sites/dralegal.org/files/content/settlement_stip.pdf
- Settlement Fact Sheet http://www.dralegal.org/sites/dralegal.org/files/casefiles/bcidfactsheet.pdf
- Housing and Urban Development Crosscutting Federal Requirements Applicable to Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/CDBG-DR-Crosscutting-Federal-Requirements-Overview.pdf
- FCC Guidance on Accessibility of Emergency Information on Television http://www.fcc.gov/guides/emergency-video-programming-accessibility-persons-hearing-and-visual-disabilities
- FCC fact sheets on closed captioning and access to emergency information
- Guidance Note on Disability and Emergency Risk Management for Health World Health Organization A guide for emergency healthcare providers who may treat people with access and functional needs. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/90369/1/9789241506243_eng.pdf
- Ensuring Language Access and Effective Communication During Response And Recovery: A Checklist For Emergency Responders Department Of Health And Human Services https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/lang-access-and-effective-comm-checklist-for-emergency-responders.pdf
- National Council on Disability: Emergency Management http://www.ncd.gov/policy/emergency_management
- Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During, and After Emergencies http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2014/05272014/
- Five Actions for Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Management – https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=%E2%80%A2+Five+Actions+for+Disability-Inclusive+Disaster+Risk+Management&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
- Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management – Promising practices and opportunities for enhanced engagement https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/GFDRR%20Disability%20inclusion%20in%20DRM%20Report_F.PDF
- Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network http://www.didrrn.net/home/
- Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/43291
- Major Hazards and People with Disabilities https://www.coe.int/t/dg4/majorhazards/ressources/pub/MajorHazards_Disability_2014_en.pdf
- CBM https://www.cbm.org/in-action/humanitarian-action/
- Humanity & Inclusion https://www.hi-us.org
- Humanitarian Hands on Tool- Guidance on Inclusive Humanitarian Field Work Step-by-step practical guidance on inclusive humanitarian field work https://hhot.cbm.org
- “Up in the Air”: FEMA looks at the impact of Home Elevation on Accessibility http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/108162
- The Right to be Rescued https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLaYgKAZMUNMwaZ6tOcSYZhMOhCEfbgG2V&feature=player_embedded&v=vSGxW1uh8Pw
- Shakeout – Five Videos for People with Access and Functional Needs https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn6qonhKC3oKFFLM6Hkl-RQJRhpeQzEB5
- Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke http://www.temple.edu/instituteondisabilities/news/topstories/201407/firstResponders201407.shtml
- Hurricanes: CDC public service announcement videos – American Sign Language (ASL) https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/index.html