Emergency Preparedness


Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities Recently Completed

This research, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, represents the most recent in-depth effort to understand how persons with disabilities prepared for, reacted to, and recovered from the devastating impact of the storm in portions of the Gulf Coast most affected. In addition, this work sought to understand the roles and relationships that Centers for Independent Living (CILs) played in all phases of the disaster, with a special emphasis on their relationship to the emergency management system.

A copy of the executive summary and full report may be downloaded from the Center’s website at www.rtcil.org Source: Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTCIL) For more emergency preparedness news issues, see: http://www.aapd.com/News/emergency/index_emergprep.php

ASL Podcasts on Hurricane Protection

Hurricane PSAs and podcasts provide timely messages about what people can do to protect themselves and their families from hurricanes that are threatening the United States. Some of the PSAs and podcasts are available in ASL. 

Effective Emergency Preparedness Planning: Addressing the Needs of Employees with Disabilities

As federal agency facilities throughout the U.S. continue to improve their emergency preparedness plans, it is vital that they consider the needs of all employees, including those with disabilities.

Inclusive Preparedness Center

The Inclusive Preparedness Center works to ensure that all individuals are included in the development and implementation of plans for protection from natural and man-made emergencies.

FEMA Reference Guide

This Reference Guide from FEMA was originally developed in response to the requirement of H.R. 5441 (PL 109-295), Section 689: Individuals with Disabilities, to develop disability related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities in emergency preparedness and disaster relief.

FERPA Guides 2007

Secretary Spellings announced the availability of new brochures that provide guidance on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to enable schools to better balance students' privacy rights with school safety concerns. The brochures -- one for K-12 educators, one for higher education officials, and one for parents -- are a timely refresher to help appropriately balance student privacy and school safety.

News feature in IMPACT

The Spring/Summer 2007 issue of Impact is dedicated to examining disaster preparedness and people with disabilities. This issue of Impact seeks to address the need for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts by providing strategies, stories, and resources that will be of use to disability service providers, advocates, individuals with disabilities, families, and policymakers.

Resources on Emergency Evacuation and Disaster Preparedness

The Access Board develops and maintains accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology under several different laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Board's guidelines for facilities address means of egress that are accessible to persons with disabilities. Presented here is an overview of these design requirements. Also included are links to information developed by other organizations on evacuation planning and disaster preparedness.

Resource Links for Crisis and Emergency Preparedness

This George Mason University site hosts information and links related to crisis response and emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Click on the categories of information located in Resource Links.