General Resources for People with Disabilities
- FCC Emergency Communications Fact Sheet. Emergency Communications Guide Collecting and sharing crucial information during a disaster.
- The Partnership for inclusive Disaster Strategies (PiDS). Disaster Strategies. Inclusive disaster planning and emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and others who also have access and functional needs (older adults, people with limited English proficiency or low literacy, people with temporary health conditions, pregnant women, etc.).
- Pass it On Center.National AT Reuse Center that assists people during / after a disaster to gain access to lost/damaged durable medical equipment/assistive technology
- Portlight’s Disaster Survivors with Disabilities National Hotline (800) 626-4959. A place to go for people with disabilities involved in a disaster to go for assistance. Disaster Strategies
- Project MEND. Provides medical equipment to people with disabilities, access and functional needs
Resources – Local
(look for updates)
- Hurricane Harvey
- Department of Homeland Security: Hurricane Harvey Resources for people with disabilities, access and functional needs
- USSAAC Recovers
- United Spinal Association of Houston; Contact Rafferty Laredo, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org or 832.443.7233
- American Bar Association (Download)
- Hurricane Irma
- Virgin Islands. Hurricanes. Irma and Maria
- Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria
Resources for First Responders and Emergency Personnel
- Disaster Preparedness Tips For Emergency Management Personnel. A checklist for First Responders
- Tips for First Responders – Center on Disability Studies. Downloadable. Includes seniors, people with service animals, who are deaf/hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired, mentally ill, chemical sensitivities, cognitive impairments, infants, pregnant women, seizure disorders, brain injuries.
Resources for people who rely on AAC, family members and other members of AAC community
Information and Training Materials
- Emergency Checklist for people who use AAC and those who care about them. Easy to use with graphics.
- Augmentative Communication News . Stories about people with complex communication needs taking action during and after Hurricane Katrina/other incidents. Suggestions for Taking Action. Useful for people who rely on AAC, their family members and providers and organizations.
- Billy Builds a Kit (3 versions). A story about a child who gets his family to develop an emergency kit. (by Pamela Kennedy with illustrations by Allison Shumaker). PDF format. News-to-You, Inc.
– Storybook 1
– Storybook 2
– Symbol Supported
- Disaster Preparedness for People with Complex Communication Needs. RERC Webcast. FREE. Pamela Kennedy describes the steps for emergency preparation that are critical for all individuals with complex communication needs.
- Emergency Communication: Disaster Preparation, Response and Recovery for People with CCN. RERC. Materials for
- First Responders
- People who rely on AAC and their families
General Information about specific disasters.
Before, During After. American Red Cross.
Emergency Communication Displays
- Vocabulary Set: Emergency Preparedness in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
- Communication4ALL Aids: Children and Adults in South Africa. (English/Sepedi)
- EC4All Android App – Purchase and download
- Vocabulary Sets from Temple University (downloadable)