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Community Tools and Resources

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.

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.

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

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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.