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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.
Contact Us If you have questions or would like to schedule a training in your area.
Emergency Planning Resources for People with Disabilities and Caregivers:
- ReadyNow! English Toolkit (PDF) and ReadyNow! Spanish Toolkit (PDF) - Oregon Office on Disability and Health
- Nobody Left Behind: Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Mobility Impairments - Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas
- Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs - June Isaacson Kailes
- Emergency Communication for All: Picture Communication Aid (PDF) - Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Information During Emergencies (Multiple Languages) - Temple University
- Emergency Preparedness for People With Complex Communication Needs (including AACs) - AAC-RERC
- Emergency 2.0 Wiki - Accessibility and Social Media
Resources for First Responders & Emergency Managers:
- Tips for First Responders, Fifth Edition (PDF) - University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability
- Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities - Americans with Disabilities Act: An ADA Guide for Local Governments
- Tips for Assisting People with Disabilities in Disaster Shelters (PDF)
- Shelter Worker's Guide to Accommodate Children with Access and Functional Needs (PDF) - Inclusive Preparedness Center at Inclusion Research Institute
- Emergency Preparedness: Addressing the Needs of People with Disabilities, 2007 (PDF) - National Center for Disaster Preparedness
- Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities - ADA Guide for Local Governments
- Effective Emergency Preparedness Planning: Addressing the Needs of Employees with Disabilities - Office of Disability Employment Policy
- 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:
- Promising Practices for Evacuating People with Disabilities, 2011 (PDF) - Dr. Frances Norwood, Director of Research, Inclusion Research Institute
- Disasters, Evacuations and Persons with Disabilities:, An Assessment of Key Issues Facing Individual and Households, 2010 (PDF) - Dr. Brian J. Gerber; Dr. Frances Norwood.; Dr. Michael Zakour