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Emergency Preparedness Resources

Aug 26, 2011 National Preparedness This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready Campaign has new Web
tools to help individuals and organizations join the 2011 National
Preparedness Month (NPM) coalition. NPM is held each September and
encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies. The
Ready Campaign website also has specific emergency preparedness information
for people with disabilities
http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/disabled.html
http://www.ready.gov/america/npm11/_downloads/NPM_Factsheet_20110620.pdf

FEMA & NATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK (NDRN) SIGN AGREEMENT TO
STRENGTHEN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COLLABORATION The Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) and NDRN have signed a memorandum of agreement to
make sure that the needs of people with disabilities are taken into account
in planning for, and responding to, disasters. This agreement will help FEMA
prepare for the emergency planning and response needs of the entire
community, including people with disabilities, young children, seniors and
others. Visit Ready.gov for more emergency preparedness resources.
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=53928

DISASTER SAFETY & PREPAREDNESS GUIDE FOR SENIORS & PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
People of every age and ability need a plan of action in case of an
emergency. Planning ahead provides an opportunity to feel more confident
about being ready for an emergency, whether it is a house fire, power
outage, hurricane or attack on the community. These preparation tips have
been developed by the NY Red
Cross.http://www.nyredcross.org/?nd=disaster_safety_guide_for_seniors_and_pe
ople_with_disabilities

PREPAREDNESS: TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS A fact sheet from the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that has emergency
preparedness tips and resources for persons with special medical needs and
their families. Details how to make sure that necessary medications and
electrical equipment (feeding tubes, oxygen) are part of the emergency
planning process. Discusses making an emergency plan to share with
relatives, neighbors and coworkers
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/epr/Public/medneeds.pdf

RESOURCES FROM THE CDC ON PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES Resources from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on preparing for
emergencies. Includes information about supply kits, making preparations for
pets and service animals and sheltering-in-place.
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/

NEW TOOLKIT OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY TEXT MESSAGES AVAILABLE A new
toolkit of prepared cell phone text messages advising people how to protect
their health after a disaster is now available through the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services. These messages support state and local
emergency managers in disaster response. Residents should contact their
local emergency management agency to find out it text message alerts are
available in their area and to register. For more information go to
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/06/20110609b.html

SUMMARY REPORT ON USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR EMERGENCIES BY PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES
>From October 2010 through January 2011, the Wireless RERC conducted its
>"2010-2011 Emergency Communications Survey" to better understand how
>people with disabilities communicate during emergencies. More than 1100
>people with disabilities responded to the survey. The age range was
>18-91, with the average age 52. The survey sample included people with
>all types of disabilities, including sensory, physical, and cognitive
>disabilities.
>http://www.wirelessrerc.org/publications/emergency-communications-and-p
>eople-with-disabilities/Survey%20Results-Social%20Media%20and%20EC.doc/
>view

ACCOMMODATING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE PROVISION OF DISASTER
MASS CARE, HOUSING AND HUMAN SERVICES Reference guide from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information on disability
related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities
in emergency preparedness and disaster relief. To access the Guide go to
http://www.fema.gov/oer/reference/

FUNCTIONAL NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: A GUIDE FOR EMERGENCY
MANAGERS, PLANNERS & RESPONDERS This guide is for emergency planners,
managers and first responders to help them plan and prepare for emergency
situations that address the needs of people with disabilities. It includes
information on how to involve people with disabilities in planning, the need
for accessible temporary housing, and how to evacuate persons with
disabilities, including those with service animals and pets. The guide
covers all phases of preparedness from planning to rescue to evacuation to
recovery. http://www.nod.org/assets/downloads/Guide-Emergency-Planners.html


GUIDANCE ON PLANNING FOR INTEGRATION OF FUNCTIONAL NEEDS SUPPORT SERVICES IN
GENERAL POPULATION SHELTERS "Functional Needs Support Services Guidance", or
FNSS, offers recommendations to state governments to help them provide
emergency sheltering services to meet the needs of the whole community,
including people with disabilities. The guidance is intended to help
communities act in compliance with existing federal laws designed to prevent
discrimination on the basis of disability. Text version
http://www.fema.gov/txt/about/odic/fnss_guidance.txt PDF version
http://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/odic/fnss_guidance.pdf

PREPARING THE WORKFORCE FOR EVERYONE
This resource provides guidelines that individuals, employers and emergency
managers can use to create inclusive emergency preparedness plans for their
workplace. Developed by an interagency council of federal agencies, the
guide includes some of the best methods being used in the federal government
to ensure that the needs of all individuals are considered during an
emergency. http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ep/preparing2.htm

NEW PUBLICATIONS ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH
DISABILITIES AND FOR EMPLOYERS The Minnesota State Council on Disability
announces two new educational publications on emergency preparedness.
"Emergency Preparedness: Addressing Disability Issues in the Workplace Took
Kit" is designed to assist employers to develop a plan that incorporates
disability issues. "Emergency Preparedness: A Guide for People with
Disabilities" contains information on how being prepared can save lives. For
more information go to
http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/home.do?agency=MSCOD and scroll down to
"Everybody Needs a Plan"

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