one knows when a disaster will strike, but if you are prepared
ahead of time, you will be better able to cope and recover. This
is especially important for people with disabilities, who may
require special equipment and preparations that cannot be secured
at the last minute.
Community Collaborative Groups (CCGs) bring together local agencies
serving vulnerable populations to address issues related to disaster
preparedness and response. This website includes disaster information
materials in a variety of languages that were developed by CCGs
in areas affected by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern
California, as well as related information, a calendar, and links.
American Red Cross publication that provides information about
creating a personal support network, completing a personal assessment,
personal disaster preparation, disaster supplies, making your
home or office safer, and more. Appendices include lists of supplies
and related material.
In the aftermath
of the September 11, 2001 tragedies at the World Trade Center,
this excellent article from eSight discusses the importance of
including employees with disabilities in emergency and evacuation
plans, and provides strategies and tools for doing so.
sheet from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contains
questions and answers about whether federal disability discrimination
laws prevent employers from obtaining and appropriately using
information necessary for a comprehensive emergency evacuation
sheet from the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) describes precautions that people
with disabilities and their caregivers can take to protect to
protect them from fire.
guide from the American Red Cross provides emergency preparedness
advice for seniors and people with visual disabilities, hearing/speech
disabilities, cognitive/psychiatric disabilities, and mobility