Recommended by: Kelly Rouba, Communications & Emergency Management Specialist/ Ethics Coordinator for the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, and Chair, NJ Special Needs Advisory Panel (NJ SNAP)

Why Kelly Recommends this: It was created by the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  I like that visitors can find helpful tips, checklists, webinars, articles, links, and other resources pertaining to emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.


The National Council on Disability (NCD) report titled “Effective Emergency Management:  Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities” can be found at www.ncd.gov under the Publications tab.

Recommended by: Brenda D. Phillips, Ph.D., Professor, Fire and Emergency Management Program, Oklahoma State University

Why Brenda Recommends this: This free, downloadable volume summarizes existing literature on preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.  Following each chapter summary, concise statements can be found regarding promising practices and recommendations for policy and for research.   Additional chapters introduce emergency managers and voluntary organizations to each other in the hope that each will build bridges across their respective silos to leverage the knowledge and ideas found in the volume.  An extensive resource section completes the stand-out volume.

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission’s Emergency Preparedness Videos

The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) has collaborated with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to release a series of videos “Emergency Preparedness:  Together We Prepare.”   The videos are intended to instruct individuals and families on how to prepare for a natural disaster. All are shown in American Sign Language and have captions.  The video’s topics are: Introduction; Make a Plan; Get Trained; Build a Kit; Volunteer; Sheltering in Place; Going to a Shelter; Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities; Evacuation; Planning for Evacuation; What to do When You Are Told to Evacuate


The Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs, available through Emergency Management Ontario and listed on the disability/special needs section of their website.

Recommended by: Steve Detwiler

Why Steve Recommends it: The Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs was produced by the Emergency Management Ontario.   This guide provides advice and items to include in go-kits that are not always thought but needed in an emergency.  It provides helpful advice in developing and maintaining an emergency support network and how best to help someone with a disability during a disaster.  

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