Emergency Preparedness: It has been evident that during a disaster an evacuation plan for individuals with disabilities' needs shall be met. Community and statewide emergency preparedness teams are developing a plan to ensure that all individuals with disabilities are included in the development of plans for protection from both natural and man-made emergencies. This tab provides access to task forces and tips on preparing for disasters.
- Accessible Information Exchange: Meeting on a Level Playing Field
This publication focuses on planning and conducting meetings and events that are accessible to people with disabilities.
- American Red Cross
Preparedness information for seniors and people with disabilities
- Basic Life Support and Emergency CPR
- Department of Health and Senior Services Emergency Response and Terrorism
- Department of Justice ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments
- Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting for the Needs of People with Disabilities
- Disability 911—Portal for Resources and Information
- Disability Prepared
KU's Research and Training Center on People with Disabilities "Exchanging best practices in disaster planning for people with disabilities." This website has amazing information about improving disaster planning and engaging the community in planning for people with disabilities.
- Effective Emergency Preparedness Planning: Addressing the Needs of Employees with Disabilities
- Emergency Preparation & People with Disabilities
Emergency preparedness is a critical topic for people with disabilities to live independently. This includes people who are older and may not consider themselves to have a disability. Learn more about emergency notification methods, accessible shelters and recovering after an emergency.
- Emergency Preparedness Video from the Oregon School for the Deaf and the American Red Cross
(You Tube Video in Sign Language)
- Emergency Readiness for People with Disabilities
- FEMA's Office of Disability and Coordination
- Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide
- Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users at Work and at Home
- First Responders Disability Awareness Training
- Guide to Teaching Fire Safety to Students with Disabilities
- Handbook for First Responders Working with People with Disabilities Texas Center for Disability Studies
Graphics version | Text only version
- Home Emergency & Disaster Safety
- Home Safety for People with Disabilities
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employers' Guide to Including Employees with Disabilities in Emergency Evacuation Plans
- National Safety Council | Emergency Preparedness Plan & Checklist
- Natural Disasters & Severe Weather
- Pet Disaster Preparedness - ASPCA
- Prepare, Plan & Stay Informed for Emergencies
- Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
- Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs
- Red Cross Disability Resource Guide
- St. Louis County Access & Functional Needs Registry
- Tips for First Responders
- Tips from the Centers for Disease Control to Keep Children with Disabilities Safe
- U.S. Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of emergency preparedness in the event of a disaster. During an emergency, persons with disabilities may require (1) additional assistance with evacuation and (2) using transportation to get to a safe place.
- Winter Weather/Power Outage Information
People with a disability or special healthcare need who need help as a result of the weather and/or power outages can call a toll free hotline that rings to the St. Louis AmeriCorps disaster corps. They will then help find resources to help meet the need of the individual or family. The number is 888-377-2100. This is available to anyone in Missouri.