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Emergency Preparedness: Including People with Disabilities

Emergency Preparedness: Including People with Disabilities

Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning, forcing people to quickly leave or be confined in their home unexpectedly. For the millions of Americans who have disabilities, emergencies, such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism, present a real challenge.

Resources from State Disability and Health Programs

The following resources were developed by CDC funded State Disability and Health Programs. Public health professionals, emergency personnel and communities can use them to create emergency preparedness and response plans that are inclusive of people with disabilities.


Learn how State Disability and Health Programs identify the needs of people with disabilities in their states.

Tools and Resources

Find tools and resources developed by State Disability and Health Programs for community members.

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See how State Disability and Health Programs have worked with their communities to make sure they are well prepared.

Resources from Federal Agencies

The following are some of the resources developed by federal organizations that can be used to develop disability inclusive emergency preparedness and response plans.

Nobody Left Behind is the result of a three-year study to investigate 30 county level or equivalent emergency management sites across the United States that had experienced a recent disaster. The researchers aimed to determine the readiness of these sites to assist persons with mobility limitationsduring disasters.

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs is a booklet from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross that helps people with disabilities prepare for all kinds of emergencies.

Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery at helps people with disabilities and their families and caregivers prepare for emergencies. It also includes information about the importance of including people with disabilities in preparing for emergencies. Disability.govoffers a list of resources that people with disabilities, caregivers and emergency personnel can use to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

Effective Emergency Preparedness Planning for Employers is a website that includes resources related to workplace emergency preparedness and the needs of employees with disabilities.

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