Emergency Preparedness Materials
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.
Partners in Preparedness Brochure
The Partners in Preparedness brochure is designed to:
- Encourage emergency management professionals to consider the varied needs of people with disabilities in all levels of their planning and response activities, and to actively involve members of this community in their efforts; and
- Raise awareness among people with disabilities about what they can do to prepare for their own safety and survival during emergencies.
- Download the Partners in Preparedness Brochure (PDF Version)
Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers, and Responders
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.
- Download the Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers & Responders (Text Version)
- Download the Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers & Responders (PDF Version)
Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities
To be better prepared as a nation, we all must do our part to plan for disasters. All individuals, with or without disabilities, can decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare before an event occurs. Download the brochure to learn more:
Find detailed information on disaster readiness considerations for specific disabilities:
- Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities
- Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities
- Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Developmental or Cognitive Disabilities
- Disaster Readiness Tips for Owners of Pets or Service Animals
Preparing Makes Sense Brochure Series
In conjunction with the US Department of Homeland Security and AARP, NOD assisted in the development of the Preparing Makes Sense brochure series, which highlights the key preparedness steps senior citizens, Americans with disabilities and other special needs, and their families and caretakers should take before emergencies occur.
- Download Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs (Text Version)
- Download Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs (PDF Version)
- Download Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans (Text Version)
- Download Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans (PDF Version)
Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees Project
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, NOD deployed teams of disability specialists and first responders to the Gulf region to perform rapid assessments of the special needs and living conditions of Katrina survivors with disabilities. The findings of this Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE) Project were released in two congressional briefings.
- Download Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees Project (Text Version)
- Download Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees Project (PDF Version)