According to the American Red Cross, some 45,000 disasters, man-made and natural, occur in the United States each year. But too few emergency planners have the expertise necessary to ensure that preparations make adequate provisions for disabilities. To address this need, the NOD's Emergency Preparedness Initiative worked with government agencies at all levels to ensure that emergency plans are inclusive and complete.
Whether your business is just starting a workplace emergency program, or if you have a highly developed and integrated emergency operations center, these resources can help you assess your emergency plans and develop protocols that protect all employees.
The disability inclusive emergency preparedness planning has two main objectives:
- Ensure that the functional needs of people with disabilities are adequately addressed prior to an emergency, enabling emergency responders to make informed decisions regarding the best use of available resources.
- Ensure that people with disabilities are included in the emergency-planning process at all levels of government and the private sector so they can offer their insights, knowledge, and resourcefulness.
Resources and Reports
Partners in Preparedness
The Partners in Preparedness brochure is designed to:
- Encourage emergency management professionals to consider the varied needs of people with disabilities in all levels of their planning and response activities, and to actively involve members of this community in their efforts; and
- Raise awareness among people with disabilities about what they can do to prepare for their own safety and survival during emergencies.
- Download the Partners in Preparedness Brochure (PDF Version)
Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers, and Responders
NOD’s first emergency preparedness guide highlights key disability concerns for officials and experts responsible for emergency planning in their communities. The guide is also designed to help emergency managers, planners, and responders make the best use of resources to include all citizens of the community in emergency preparedness plans.
- Download the Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers & Responders (Text Version)
- Download the Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers & Responders (PDF Version)
Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities
To be better prepared as a nation, we all must do our part to plan for disasters. All individuals, with or without disabilities, can decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare before an event occurs. Download the brochure to learn more:
Find detailed information on disaster readiness considerations for specific disabilities:
- Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities
- Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities
- Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Developmental or Cognitive Disabilities
- Disaster Readiness Tips for Owners of Pets or Service Animals
Preparing Makes Sense Brochure Series
In conjunction with the US Department of Homeland Security and AARP, NOD assisted in the development of the Preparing Makes Sense brochure series, which highlights the key preparedness steps senior citizens, Americans with disabilities and other special needs, and their families and caretakers should take before emergencies occur.
- Download Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs (Text Version)
- Download Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs (PDF Version)
- Download Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans (Text Version)
- Download Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans (PDF Version)
Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees Project
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, NOD deployed teams of disability specialists and first responders to the Gulf region to perform rapid assessments of the special needs and living conditions of Katrina survivors with disabilities. The findings of this Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE) Project were released in two congressional briefings.