Helpful Links for Emergency Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people with disabilities or impairments to take action and be prepared for disasters. It has provided these emergency readiness resources for people with disabilities and their families, people with hearing loss, and first responders below.

Information for People with Disabilities, Hearing Loss

CDC Article: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Learn how people with disabilities, their families, and first responders can plan ahead for safety during a disaster.

Hurricanes: American Sign Language (ASL) Videos
CDC offers American Sign Language (ASL) public service announcement videos to help deaf and hearing-impaired persons stay safe before, during, and after a hurricane.

Iowa Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
The Iowa Disability and Health program provides technical assistance for all-hazard planning for people with disabilities and community professionals.*

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Preparing for Emergencies, A Checklist for People with Neuromuscular Diseases
The MDA provides a checklist to help people with neuromuscular diseases protect themselves and their family.

Ready.gov: Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs. Get Ready Now.
Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.

"Ready Now!" Toolkit [PDF - 4.8KB]
The "Ready Now!" toolkit from the Oregon Office on Disability and Health is for people with disabilities and emphasizes independence, allowing each person to address his or her specific needs.*

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
This booklet from FEMA and the American Red Cross helps people with disabilities prepare for all kinds of emergencies.

Information for Emergency Managers, Responders, Service Care Providers to Assist People with Disabilities

Nobody Left Behind
Website provides resources to help personnel in the health, emergency management, response, disaster relief or disabilities fields learn more about preparing for disasters and assistance for people with disabilities.*

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

Arkansas Emergency Preparedness Training
The Arkansas Disability and Health Program offers resources, tools, and training for disability providers and first responders.*

CDC Information for All Populations

Hurricane Readiness
You can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family.

Hurricane Resources, Tools and Information
Basic steps you can take now to ensure your safety should a storm hit.

Hurricane Preparedness: Emergency Supplies
Stock your home and your car with supplies.

Prepare to Evacuate
Never ignore an evacuation order.

For More Information

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Disability and Health: Emergency Preparedness

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