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Disaster Preparedness for Families With Special Needs

Resources from around the Web to help you get ready


Disasters usually don't give a lot of warning -- one minute, your life is routine, and the next it's in disarray. That makes advance planning for possible problems important, especially if you have a child with special needs who may need additional assistance and precautions. These resources from around the Web can give you the advice and resources you need to be prepared.

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs

Source: Red Cross
What It Is: PDF booklet with ideas on making an escape plan and keeping it up, with reminders of all thing things you need to figure out but might not think about.

Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities

Source: FEMA
What It Is: PDF booklet with advice on how to be informed, make a communications plan, and build an emergency kit.

Emergency Preparedness for Families of Children with Special Needs

Source: Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH) Children with Special Health Care Needs Work Group
What It Is: A PDF booklet to help families plan, including advice and forms to fill out and keep handy.

Emergency Preparedness Materials

Source: National Organization on Disability
What It Is: Web page with links to PDF booklets, including general tips for people with disabilities and more specific ones for mobility disabilities, sensory disabilities, developmental or cognitive disabilities, and owners of service animals.

Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
What It Is: Web page with links to resources in a variety of categories, including Disabled, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, Health Care Providers and First Responders, Children, Diabetes, and Lessons Learned from Prior Disasters.

Food Allergies When Crisis Hits: Emergency Preparedness Is a Must

Source: The Nut-Free Mom Blog
What It Is: Blog post with advice on "keeping on top of food allergies in an emergency."

State Emergency Preparedness

Source: Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging
What It Is: Web page with links to state government emergency sites, including special-needs-specific pages where available.

Evacuation Preparedness Guide

Source: Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences
What It Is: Online document that "focuses on people with disabilities and activity limitations successfully evacuating buildings." Links on index page go to individual sections.

Emergency Preparation Resources

Source: Disability Rights Ohio
What It Is: Web page with links in the categories of Ohio Government Agencies, Federal Government Agencies, National Organizations, Resources for Individuals and Families, Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Emergency Managers, and Resources for First Responders.

Nobody Left Behind

Source: Nobody Left Behind
What It Is: Website of an organization that's researching and recommending best practices for communities to include people with disabilities in emergency planning.

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