American Association on Health and Disabilities
(AAHD) offers a variety of resources for persons with disabilities
and emergency planners including tips for preparing for different kinds
of emergencies and a variety of resources for persons with different
kinds of disabilities.
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
supported through the
George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
has developed a guide for schools to use in emergency planning for
students with special needs. The guide,
Emergency Preparedness: A Quick Guide for School Staff
is available free of charge. The
Department of Education (DOE) also puts out a guide for schools, called
Practical Information on Crisis Planning
available on the DOE website.
After the Northridge earthquake disaster of 1994,
a group of concerned citizens formed
Disabled People and Disaster Planning
(DP2). This is a California website that deals with issues of
disability, access and emergency planning in the event of an
earthquake. The website also contains useful information for other
situations as well.
provides a number of links to web resources for disability
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association
(DERA) was founded in 1962 to assist communities worldwide in disaster
preparedness, response and recovery, and to serve as a professional
association linking professionals, volunteers and organizations in all
phases of emergency preparedness and management.
Federal Emergency Planning Agency
(FEMA) is a federal agency designed to manage and plan for emergencies
nationwide. Their website offers a variety of important information for
planners on any number of topics related to emergency preparedness. In
addition, FEMA has a number of
Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Emergency
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
(COG) is an independent, non-profit association founded in 1957 to
respond to develop regional responses to such issues as the environment,
affordable housing, economic development, health and family concerns,
human services, population growth, public safety, and transportation.
COG is a regional organization of Washington area local governments and
is composed of 19 local governments surrounding our nation's capital,
plus area members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, the U.S.
Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. COG has organized a Task
Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Response for the National
Capitol Area and has information that may be helpful to local planners.
National Disaster Education Coalition
is a coalition of federal agencies and national not-for-profit
work together to develop and disseminate consistent educational
information for the public about disaster preparedness.
National Organization on Disability
includes information on a wide range of topics including planning guides
for persons with disabilities, checklists, articles, on-line and
is a group from California that has accumulated information and
resources on supporting the special needs of vulnerable populations in a
variety of different disasters. It includes a checklist for facility
preparation & inventory of neighborhood resources and information on how
to prepare for disaster for people with special medical needs.
out an Earthquake Preparedness Video is a half hour video on earthquake
preparedness focusing on individuals, neighborhood planning and
vulnerable populations. The video comes with a Program Guide for public
presentation and includes an emergency checklist and discussion guide.
It is available in several different languages and close-captioned.
For information contact: TODCO 230 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103