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2.1. Emergency Preparedness Facts & Tips

Emergency preparedness is the science and strategy of being ready for a potential or impending disaster or emergency situation. Be it a hurricane, flood, fire or any devastating event, being prepared will save lives and decrease hardship. Much of the advice includes things that you and your family can do on their own to increase safety during an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness Facts & Tips

Emergency Preparedness: Including People With Disabilities
Information for people with disabilities, their family members, and first responders to help prepare and plan for special needs during a disaster including safe evacuation. From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ready New York: Emergency Planning For People With Disabilities
NYC Emergency Management offers a workbook designed to assist New Yorkers with disabilities or access and functional needs create an emergency plan. My Emergency Plan walks users through establishing a support network, capturing important health information, planning for evacuation, and gathering emergency supplies. First responders or caregivers can also use the workbook to help people during an emergency.

Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: A Guide For People With Disabilities (PDF)
This guide focuses on developing emergency evacuation preparedness plans that take into account the needs of people with disabilities and activity limitations. The development of this publication was supported by grants from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and from Bank of America.

Emergency Preparedness For Older Adults
Information, tools, and resources for older adults and their caregivers to help prepare for and respond to different types of emergencies.

The Preparedness Wizard
A tool to help you and your family develop a preparedness plan from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.

Just In Time Disaster Training Videos - Preparedness for People with Disabilities and Functional Needs
This general preparedness video for people with disabilities outlines basic practices to follow based on each individuals specific needs in time of emergency.

Emergency Planning For People Who Use Electrical Assistive Technology Or Medical Equipment
This emergency power planning checklist is for people who use electricity and battery dependent assistive technology and medical devices, including breathing machines (respirators, ventilators), power wheelchairs and scooters, oxygen, suction or home dialysis equipment.

Emergency Preparedness For Children and Their Caregivers
Learn more about the unique needs of children during and after disasters and how disasters can affect children differently than they do adults.

Just In Time Disaster Training - Parents with Children who have Access and Functional Needs
This general preparedness video for people with disabilities outlines basic practices to follow based on each individuals specific needs in time of emergency. Presented by The Department of Homeland Security featuring FEMA representatives.

Emergency Preparedness For People With Chronic Illnesses
Disaster information for people with chronic conditions and disabilities including recommendations and resources on deafness and hearing impairment, diabetes, dialysis care, and more.

Emergency Preparedness For Pregnant Women
Information to help pregnant women better prepare for a disaster or evacuation.

Disaster Preparedness For Your Pet
Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do  for your pet is being prepared. This guide from the ASPCA offers simple steps you can take before a disaster to make sure that your pet stays safe.

Disaster Preparedness for People with (and without!) Disabilities

In this video Dr. Gretchelle Dilan discusses the importance and components disaster plans for persons with disabilities with Dr. Marcalee Alexander. Dr. Dilan, an industrial psychologist is a resident of Puerto Rico. In 2018 she was the President of the United Spinal Association in Puerto Rico when Maria hit and she helped organize and provide relief efforts for persons with spinal cord injuries. Since this time she has been educating professionals and people with disabilities about the importance of disaster planning.

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