Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Mobility problems and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are better prepared for any urgent situation. The Red Cross’s booklet¬†Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs¬†gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date.

Below are additional pamphlets on emergency preparedness:
Information for People with Developmental Disabilities
Helping Those with Developmental Disabilities Prepare
Making a Plan
Emergency Tear Sheets

These tips provide people with disabilities and their caregivers with guidance in managing communications, equipment, pets and home hazards. The materials were co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

Visit the websites listed below to obtain additional information:
The Access Board
DHHS Administration on Aging
National Council on Disability
National Organization on Disability
Prepare.org
American Association for People with Disabilities
American Foundation for the Blind
National Association of the Deaf
Easter Seals