Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

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Emergency Preparedness For People with Disabilities

  • Provide training and education to first responders on the needs of people with disabilities
  • Educate people with disabilities and caregivers about emergency preparedness via cross-disability workshops
  • Ensure inclusion of a disability perspective in state emergency response planning
  • Promote state participation of people with disabilities in emergency planning exercises and activities
  • Provide technical assistance in the assessment of public emergency shelters

Training & Technical Assistance:

  • We offer Disability Specific Emergency Preparedness Training  for people with disabilities and caregivers. Participants will be provided with a ReadyNow! Toolkit (view as PDF)  to evaluate existing readiness, to identify opportunities for improvement, and to begin working on developing or revising their existing plan to incorporate the needs of people with disabilities.
  • We offer First Responder Training on how to better address People with Disabilities in emergencies.
  • On-site Technical Assistance to assist emergency planning teams to better address the needs of people with disabilities.
  • We also offer Train-the-Trainer opportunities.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a training in your area.

Emergency Planning Resources for People with Disabilities and Caregivers:

Resources for First Responders & Emergency Managers:

Other Resources:

Local Resources:

  • Multnomah County - Learn more about the Additional Needs Registry, a cooperative effort of the City of Portland and Multnomah County to identify and assist people who may need extra help during an emergency.
  • Washington County - Preparing Together is to provide you and your group with easy-to-understand information and resources for preparing together for a disaster or emergency. The entire Preparing Together presentation and toolkit is also available for check-out at libraries in Washington County and will be at other libraries around the state soon.

Research & Best Practices: