ADVOCACY: Emergency Preparedness

From Temple University….

My Emergency Readiness Plan-PA

My Emergency Readiness Plan-PA is an interactive form designed to help people with disabilities create personal plans to prepare themselves, their families and their supports for emergencies.

 My Emergency Readiness Plan-PA (Download PDF – 1.65 MB)

Communication Aids

The Institute on Disabilities has created and is now offering to the public communication aids to be used by people with communication disabilities and by people who do not speak English during an emergency. Designed for people with disabilities as well as emergency shelter workers and first responders, these aids can be downloaded FREE.
More information about the Emergency Communication 4 ALL Aids.


Webinars about PERSONAL Emergency Preparedness

GRAPHIC: video camera Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice and during a disaster or an emergency situation, people with disabilities may need additional assistance to obtain the services they need. Planning ahead is required to protect yourself and your family when emergencies occur. This webinar addresses common terminology used during an emergency situation, how to prepare for emergencies, including how to build a personal emergency go-kit, and resources for alert services frequently used to notify of emergency situations. This webinar was presented by Jamie Arasz Prioli and supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. Recorded in 2016.

webinar on emergency preparedness for people with functional and access needs Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities.
Watch a recorded webinar on strategies in preparing individuals who have a variety of needs (including access and functional) for disasters and emergencies. The webinar also discusses the role of assistive technology (AT) reuse and special considerations for AT users. Presented by Jamie Arasz Prioli, RESNA ATP, Assistive Technology Specialist Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership Coordinator (REEP), Institute on Disabilities. This webinar is part of a project funded by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is one of ten regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR), the US Department of Education (Grant #H133A110017), to provide information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Recorded in 2014.

Tools for Emergency Preparedness Planners

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Assistive Technology (AT) Emergency Planning Guide

This scale-able guide suggests processes and procedures to:
(1) meet the DME and AT needs within mass care situations,
(2) integrate persons with and without disabilities who have Access and/or Functional Needs into all aspects of emergency shelter planning and response, and
(3) plans to assist survivors with AFN in recovery from a disaster or emergency situation.
 Download the DME Guide (PDF)

Access and Functional Needs Checklist

  Download the Access and Functional Needs Checklist Form (pdf)

Inclusive Emergency Planning for Emergency Planners

These self-study training modules will introduce and connect you to available resources and inclusive strategies for integrating the access and functional needs of all individuals, including those with disabilities, into emergency preparedness, response, and recovery planning.
Go to the inclusive planning modules

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