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Disaster safety for people with disabilities: What to do when emergency weather strikes

REDFIN
January 2016

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Inclement weather is unpredictable, and it can be frightening and chaotic to handle in the moment. It’s crucial to prepare and plan well in advance for any natural disaster that your area is prone to, especially for those having a disability that could require additional safety considerations. This disaster safety guide provides general information on hurdles to anticipate, factors to consider, and what to do when emergency weather occurs. It takes into account people at all different ability levels and the kinds of challenges they might encounter during hurricanes, blizzards, landslides, tornadoes and earthquakes

 

Integrating individuals with access and functional needs in exercises toolkit for North Carolina emergency managers

KAILES, June Isaacson
2015

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This guidance is for a broad audience including emergency professionals across settings and sectors, government, education, business, and nonprofit.
The guidance are aimed at people who may need additional, targeted response assistance to;
1. maintain their health, safety and independence in an emergency
2. receive, understand and act on emergency messages
3. evacuate during an emergency.

Disaster resilience and people with functional needs

JAN, Sophia
LURIE, Nicole
December 2012

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This journal article focuses on initiatives to build community resilience particularly in the context of Hurricane Sandy.  The authors propose that the development of strong partnerships between government and non-governmental organisations for planning, response, and recovery is central to safeguarding the needs of people with functional needs in the event of disasters, as are policies that states and the federal government to promote community resilience 

The New England Journal of Medicine, Vol 367, Issue 24

Anthropological perspectives on disasters and disability : an introduction

FJORD, Lakshmi
MANDERSON, Lenore
2009

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Using a disability conceptual framework to anthropologically review disasters, this article emphasises the needs of those with fewest resources and highlights the benefit of the inclusion of disabled people in disaster preparedness, response and recovery plans. This article is useful to people interested in disability and disasters
Human Organization, Vol 68, No 1

Building capacity in six disadvantaged communities vulnerable to natural disasters

BERKE, Philip
et al
September 2008

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This paper aims "to describe and analyze an Emergency Preparedness Demonstration (EPD) project aimed at reducing the risk to life and property in six disadvantaged communities in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. EPD involves a community-based participatory planning process aimed at building the capacity of disadvantaged communities threatened by disasters. To understand the successes and limitations of the EDP approach we used multiple sources of evidence. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 30 key informants, field notes were taken during attendance of community planning meetings, and documentary materials prepared by local planning teams (memoranda, vulnerability assessments, household surveys) were content analyzed"

An ADA guide for local governments making community emergency preparedness and response programs accessible to people with disabilities

US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Civil Rights Division
2008

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This guide provides guidance for how to make local government emergency preparedness and response program accessible for persons with disabilities. It helps to identify needs and evaluate effective, accessible and inclusive emergency management practices. The following issues are explored: planning, notification, evacuation, sheltering, returning home and contracting for emergency services

Disabled people and disaster recovery : a tale of two cities?

PRIESTLEY, Mark
HEMINGWAY, Laura
February 2007

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This paper explores the connection between disability and natural disasters. It also investigates the regional and global response to the Asian tsunami in 2004 and hurricane Katrina, in the USA, in 2005. It would be useful for anyone with an interest in the inclusion of disabled people, and disabled peoples organisations in disaster recovery and preparedness. It is particularly relevant to article eleven of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concerning situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies

A guide for including people with disabilities in disaster preparedness planning

CONNECTICUT COUNCIL ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence In Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service
Office of Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
2005

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This guide is primarily intended to assist people involved in preparedness planning at the municipal and regional levels. It also contains information that will be useful to individuals with disabilities and families in the appendices.  Appendix A features disaster preparedness tips & tools for people with disabilities.  Appendix D also identifies some critical issues that need further development at the systems level in Connecticut.

Note: This guide can be made available in alternative formats upon request. Address specific requests to: The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at 860 679 1500 (v) or 860 679 1502 (TTY)

Lessons Learned : A Forum on Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Berlin, CT

6 December 2005

Saving lives : including people with disabilities in emergency planning

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON DISABILITY
April 2005

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This report provides an overview of the steps US federal government should take to include people with disabilities in emergency preparedness, disaster relief and homeland security program.  Key recommendations are provided and offer examples of community efforts to take account of the needs of people with disabilities

 

Note: This report is also available in alternative formats on the National Council on Disability's (NCD) website: http://www.ncd.gov/

Disaster mitigation for persons with disabilities : fostering a new dialogue

BLANCK, Peter David
1995

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This report, written within the context of the USA, covers two main areas: communications policy in disaster relief and mitigation, and communications and disability policy. It identifies key issues concerning the needs of people with disabilities when disasters strike, develops effective strategies for resolving these issues and builds relationships and delineates responsibilities among disaster mitigation organisations, the media and disability organisations

Emergency planning for people with disabilities and other special needs

CAMERON, Carl T

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This article identifies the issues related to the inclusion of disabled people in the emergency planning process and identifies the information and support needs of disabled people. Written in the wake of US disasters (September 11th, hurricanes), the article discusses options for inclusion of disabled people in the emergency planning process

Business continuity & disaster preparedness plan

MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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"How quickly your company gets back to business after an earthquake, fire or flood often depends on the emergency planning you do today. Though each situation is unique, any organization can be better prepared if it plans carefully, puts emergency procedures in place, and practices for all kinds of emergencies. This planning document outlines common sense measures you can take to start getting ready and provides practical information to help you plan for your company’s future. A commitment to planning will help support your employees, your clients, the community, and the local economy. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival"

Planning for business continuity after a disaster

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS) UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

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In this video the IRS provide advice on steps that organisations can take to plan for disasters in a way that protects the business and maximises the possibility of a fast recovery

Accommodating individuals with disabilities in the provision of disaster mass care, housing, and human services

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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This document is a reference guide for disaster relief planners and service providers. It is intended to outline the legal standards relating to equal access for disabled people. Specifically, this resource describes access requirements that relate to mass care, housing and human services. A key feature of this resource, is a glossary and summary of relevant US legislation and law. This would be useful for anyone interested in disability and disaster situations

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