Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities
Create an emergency plan that addresses your needs.
Being Prepared Means Planning Ahead
Emergencies can happen at a moment's notice. Mobility, hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can create specific needs that individuals need to address to be able to respond to an emergency. We urge everyone to become “Red Cross Ready” for any urgent situation, which means assembling a survival kit, making an emergency plan, and being informed. In addition, people with disabilities, and their caregivers, may benefit from the tips below about managing communications, equipment, service animals, pets and home hazards.
Co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.
Think about the following questions and share your answers with your network. These answers should describe both your current capabilities and the assistance you may need before, during and after a disaster. Base your plan on your lowest anticipated level of functioning.
(A printable version of this assessment is included in our free brochure Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs.)
Don’t Forget to Make a Back-Up Plan
If You Are Instructed to Evacuate
Download the Preparedness Guide
Our brochure Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs helps you and your family plan ahead before a disaster.