Emergency Preparedness Trainings and Resources for People with Disabilities
Disasters 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.
- The Prepared Lifestyle
- Emergency Preparedness Kit
- Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities
- Map Your Neighborhood (PDF available upon request)
- Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Individuals (PDF) | Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Communities (PDF)
- Service Animal and Pet ID Form
- Poster: Best Practices to Level the Playing Field for People with Disabilities in Disasters (PDF)
- Emergency Preparedness Kit (YouTube)
- Animal Emergency Preparedness (YouTube)
Disability Prepared This website features best practices addressing disaster-related needs of people with disabilities.
Nobody 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
- The Prepared Lifestyle, Part 1(direct link to course)
- The Prepared Lifestyle, Part 2 (direct link to course)
Planning for Disaster-Related Risk and Functional Needs of People with Disabilities:
- Train-the-Trainer (direct link to course) and Non-Trainer Option (direct link to course)
- Animal Emergency Preparedness (direct link to course)
- Ready, Willing and Able (direct link to course)