Emergency Preparedness

Red Cross Emergency Medical Information KitEmergency Medical Information Kit and first sheet of the EMI form.

Montana Disability and Health program has created an Emergency Medical Information Kit to improve communications about medical needs during an emergency. The kit also promotes awareness of Smart911 and offers support for people with disabilities that may need help creating their profiles; as well as provide information about available emergency preparedness materials. The kit materials include a plastic bag, an Emergency Medical Information form, and a magnetic hook.  

Complete the form and keep it in the Emergency Medical Information Kit’s plastic bag.

(Emergency Medical Information form can be downloaded as an electronic, fillable form here: PDF, Word)

You may choose to keep the bag on your refrigerator where trained emergency responders can find this information. If you need to go to the hospital or evacuate your home, you can take the Emergency Medical Information Kit with you.

You may want to add these items to your Emergency Medical Information Kit:
  1. Recent photos of you, your family, and animals.
  2. Your Living Will, Advanced Directive, Do Not Resuscitate orders (DNR), Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), or similar documents. These documents must be original and signed for emergency responders or doctors to act on your instructions.
  3. A list of your current medications with the name of your pharmacy.
Sign up for Smart911™!

Smart911 is available nationwide in towns that have chosen it for their 911 centers.
Some counties in Montana use Smart911, including Missoula and Butte-Silver Bow counties. Smart911 lets emergency responders briefly see your emergency medical information when you call from a telephone number that you link to Smart911 when you set up an account. This helps emergency medical services provide the best care for you.

Summit Independent Living Center’s newsletter article on Smart911 is available at this web address: http://www.summitilc.org/newsletter/smart911-available-to-missoula-county-residents/

The attached emergency medical information form was prepared by Smart911. You, a friend, or a care giver can use this information to make signing up for Smart911 easy.

MTDH has developed an assent form with its partners that explains Smart911 in plain language for use in service and supports planning. The form outlines support options for individuals to consider. This assent form can be downloaded here: PDF, Word.

To learn more, go to this website: www.Smart911.com

To learn more about how to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies and disasters, go to: www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Resources for Involving People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning

Given the important nature of involving people with disabilities in emergency planning, MTDH works to ensure that the interests of people with disabilities and people with disabilities themselves will be included in State emergency planning and preparedness activities.  Below is a list of resources for planning for emergency situations.

American Association of the Deaf-Blind
: Disaster Preparedness for Persons Who are Deaf and Blind

American Red Cross: People with Disabilities: Information designed to assist people with disabilities and medical concerns to prepare for disasters.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Disability.gov: Emergency Preparedness Resources

Disaster Resources for People with Disabilities and Emergency Managers: Published by June Isaacson Kailes, Disability Policy Consultant

Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Toolkit offers a crowd-sourcing site that pools resources on helping emergency managers and homeland security professionals learn how to make their information/resources accessible to everyone.

Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Guide:  Focuses on developing emergency evacuation preparedness plans that take into account the needs of people with disabilities and activity limitations.

Emergency Preparedness Packet for Home Health Agencies: From the National Association for Home Care and Hospice

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Guide for Emergency Managers, Planners and Responders Published by the National Organization on Disability’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

Inclusive Preparedness Center: Focuses on helping ensure that all individuals are included in the development of and inclusion in plans for protection from both natural and man-made emergencies.

inMotion:When Disaster Strikes — A Pocket Survival Guide: Compiled by the Amputee Coalition

Medical Reserve Corps Training Series The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness developed this 3-module training series with a particular focus on conducting outbreak investigations. The series covers a basic introduction to epidemiology and an overview of outbreak investigations, particularly related to conducting interviews.

Montana Dept of Military Affairs Disaster and Emergency Services

Montana Public Health and Emergency Preparedness

National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators

National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians

National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Provides information on the psychological effects of natural disasters.

National Council on Disability: Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning

National Fire Protection Association: Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities

National Organization on Disability: Emergency Preparedness Initiative

National Weather Service: Provides information on radio receivers that, in conjunction with alerting devices, can alert people who are deaf, hard of hearing or vision impaired about severe weather and other emergencies. Messages may be converted to large print or braille.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies: published an education tearsheet in the February 2013 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities Guide and Checklist.

Preparedness tips for pregnant moms & families with infants from Get Ready & March of Dimes: APHA’s Get Ready campaign and the March of Dimes partnered to create a series of fact sheets to help pregnant moms and families with infants prepare for emergencies.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement

Tips for First Responders: 11-page, color-coded, laminated field guide offers information on how to assist persons with a wide range of disabilities, including: Seniors, People with Service Animals, People with Mobility Challenges, People with Mental Illness, Blind or Visually Impaired People, Deaf or Hard of Hearing People, People with Cognitive Disabilities, People with Autism, and People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Field Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Disability Preparedness Resource Center web site provides practical information on how people with and without disabilities can prepare for an emergency. It also provides disability-related information for family members, service providers, emergency planners and first responders.

    • Ready America has tips and a video on emergency preparations for people with disabilities and special needs. Videos are also available for elderly adults and for pet owners.

U.S. Department of Justice:

U.S. Department of Labor: Effective Emergency Preparedness Planning: Addressing the Needs of Employees with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Transportation: Website has information to help ensure safe and secure transportation for people with disabilities in the event of a disaster or emergency. Includes advice on emergency preparedness, transportation accessibility, and evacuation methods for certain modes of transportation, such as rail and transit systems. Individuals with disabilities can learn how to react and respond in situations ranging from evacuations of mass transit systems to being trapped in a car during a blizzard or hurricane.

Westchester Institute for Human Development: Provides a  Training Program on Emergency Preparedness

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Last update: December 2015