These are some great resources we have found regarding preparedness for the Access and Functional Needs Community.
▪ US Department of Health and Human Services. “Special Populations: Emergency an Disaster Preparedness.” (This is a site with a multitude links to resources for all special populations.) <http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/specialpopulationsanddisasters.html>▪
- Disbility.gov (Search results for “disaster preparedness” content found here: <https://www.disability.gov/search/list?submit=Search&q=disaster+preparedness&andOr=and&format=html> “Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.”
- National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities. According to their site: “The mission of the National Resource Center,a project of the Center for Public Health Readiness & Communication at the Drexel University School of Public Health, is to serve as a central clearinghouse of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency.”
Toolkits for Emergency Managers
- ADA Best Practice Tool Kit for State and Local Governments: Chapter 7 “Emergency Management Under Title II of the ADA.” http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/chap7emergencymgmt.htm. The Chapter 7 Addendum includes a very handy Title II Checklist: http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/chap7emergencymgmtadd1.htm.
- Center for Disease Control, “Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing Their Protection During All-Hazards Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities.” Page last updated: May 31, 2012. Content source: Division of Public Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Download the guide here: http://www.cdc.gov/aging/emergency/pdf/guide.pdf.
- Communication with Vulnerable Populations: A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit: The toolkit provides a guiding framework and tools for constructing a scalable, adaptable communication process built on a network of agencies from public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Together, these partners will form interconnected communication channels with the ability to carry out the function of emergency communication not necessarily possible by working alone. http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/166060.aspx
- Department of Health and Human Services: “Community Planning Toolkit for Emergency Preparedness Managers.” Their pages states: “The main focus of this toolkit is to serve as a support to state, local and tribal emergency planners to better prepare these entities for all types of disasters; however, the Planning Toolkit is available to all those who would like to access it. Bear in mind the information contained in this website is large in volume therefore the level of usage is left up to the reader and the intent is for reference, not a “how to” manual.” <http://www.hhs.gov/od/disabilitytoolkit/index.html>.
- Emergency Preparedness Resources to Assist Individuals with Legal Blindness or Low Vision: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Orientation and Mobility Department. Disastershelterguidelines emergency MCB 3 13.
- TRUE Shelter Accessibility Guide. True stands for Train, Respond, Understand, Empower.
- National Organization on Disability: Emergency Preparedness Materials. This site includes the Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers, and Responders. They state:”NOD’s first emergency preparedness guide highlights key disability concerns for officials and experts responsible for emergency planning in their communities. The guide is also designed to help emergency managers, planners, and responders make the best use of resources to include all citizens of the community in emergency preparedness plans.”
- “Interim Emergency Management Planning for Special Needs Populations” FEMA Version 1.0 (August 15, 2008).
- Health Information Translations: by a collaboration of Ohio State and OhioHealth and NationWide Children’s Hospital. A great resource of many different fact sheets in a wide variety of languages.
- Healthy Road Media: Translations for Emergencies mostly in Arabic, Bosnian, English, Somali and Spanish. “Healthy Roads Media was begun in 2002 with a grant from the National Library of Medicine. At the end of this grant period there were four topics in four languages in three formats.”
The materials are available in multiple formats that can be used on-line as well as downloaded and used off-line. By making the same content available in many ways, we hope to provide information access for people in diverse situations. For example, someone who has difficulty with written materials may want to watch the on-line video or listen to the audio but also have a handout to take home so they can share with family members. An outreach worker who does not have access to the Internet on home visits can use downloaded multimedia files on her laptop or tablet. Video iPODs can be connected by a standard cable for presentation of the mobile videos on a television. Please let us know how you are using our materials and ideas you have to make them better.
Emergency Preparedness for the Deaf
▪ Deaf and Hard of Hearing CERTs from the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network. <http://www.cepintdi.org/being-prepared/deaf-hard-of-hearing-cert-teams>
▪ Deaf Emergency Preparedness Training Videos:
- CEPIN. “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Preparedness Video” (11 minutes) <http://www.cepintdi.org/being-prepared/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-disaster-preparedness-video>.
Emergency Preparedness: Information for Individuals with Disabilities
- National Organization on DisAbility. “Emergency Preparedness Materials” The purpose of the site: “Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, NOD launched the Emergency Preparedness Initiative to help emergency managers address disability concerns during an emergency, and to ensure that people with disabilities are included in planning, response, and recovery. This section includes descriptions and links to download the NOD’s research and publications.”<http://nod.org/research_publications/emergency_preparedness_materials/>.
▪ “Feeling Safe Being Safe” “Feeling Safe Being Safe is a ‘train-the-trainer’ approach for sharing personal preparedness information. All of the trainers are individuals with a disability. To become a trainer, each person must themselves be prepared, and then learn how to share the preparedness materials with others.” Blog post about it here: http://blog.fema.gov/2012/04/feeling-safe-being-safe-is-taking.html
- Find the Worksheet here: SP_IN_FSBS_Worksheet_EN
- “My Emergency Readiness Plan: Navigator’s Guide to Emergency Readiness Plan” Developed by University of Delaware: Revised 3/22/2012 See the Pdf of the doc here: EPID Navigator Guide 03262012 Intro: “We welcome your decision to become a Navigator to help persons with disabilities (PwD) in Delaware to develop personalized emergency readiness plans. The work you are doing with them is very important. Always remember that the plans they develop—with your assistance—can help them to survive future emergencies they may face!”
- Oregon Health and Sciences University Funded grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Ready Now: Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for People with Disabilities.” 2012 <http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/outreach/occyshn/upload/ReadyNowToolkit.pdf>.