Emergency Preparedness Trainings and Resources for People with Disabilities

Two women unpack an emergency preparedness kit. There are flashlights and triangular orange markers such as drivers will use to demark their space when pulled over

a tornado devastates the rural skylineDisasters disproportionately affect people who are unable to physically escape them. Census figures suggest that at least one in six Americans is at increased risk of injury or death in emergency situations by virtue of his or her disability. 

The RTC/IL produces a variety of educational materials to help people prepare for all hazards, and has investigated the results of disasters to lay a groundwork for more effective responses to new crises. Please visit the linked pages to learn more about these resources.






Publications & Videos


a wheelchair user with his family. disability prepared. exchanging best practices in disaster planning for people with disabilitiesDisability Prepared This website features best practices addressing disaster-related needs of people with disabilities. 



Nobody Left Behind. Disaster Preparedness for People (except "people" is misspelled "persons") with Mobility ImpairmentsNobody Left Behind: Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Mobility Impairments This research project investigated 30 locations in the United States that experienced natural or man-made disasters to determine best practices and future directions.

Online Trainings & Webcasts - Information

Planning for Disaster-Related Risk and Functional Needs of People with Disabilities:

Helpful Links for Emergency Preparedness