Helpful Links for Emergency Preparedness

It is important that people with disabilities or impairments take action and be prepared for disasters. These emergency readiness resources are for people with disabilities and their families and first responders.

Information for People with Disabilities

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.

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

Disability and Health: Emergency Preparedness

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.


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