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Partners and Providers: Planning for Individuals with Disabilities or Special Needs


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An ADA Guide for Local Governments - Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities guide link opens in a new window

This guide gives suggestions to emergency managers and planners in charge of making local government emergency preparedness and response programs accessible to people with disabilities. The guide was produced by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section.


Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting for the Needs of People with Disabilities guidelines link opens in a new window

Preparing the Workplace for Everyone is meant to serve as a launching point for federal agencies as they re-evaluate and strengthen their Occupant Emergency Plans (OEPs), which are required for all federal agencies by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).1 This framework of guidelines reflects the effective practices of nearly 20 federal agencies gathered from direct input, existing reports and articles, and actual emergency plans.


Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Special Needs Planning guide link opens in a new window

CPG-101 is designed to aid tribal, state, territorial and local governments in planning for individuals with special needs during an emergency. CPG-301 was developed jointly by FEMA and the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The interim guide reflects extensive input from key federal, state, and local government partners, along with nongovernmental organizations representing special needs communities.


Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs guide link opens in a new window

This guide is designed to help people with disabilities prepare an emergency plan to protect themselves, family, friends, personal care assistant and others in the support network in the event of an emergency.


New Strategy Paper and Checklist for Communities on Addressing the Needs of Transportation Dependent Populations During an Emergency website link opens in a new window

The U.S. Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the National Consortium on the Coordination of Human Service Transportation, has developed a strategy paper and checklist for communities that provide an overview of the importance of planning for the transportation of individuals that require assistance during an emergency. These documents also include specific strategies that communities have employed to facilitate safe and appropriate transportation, and challenges that remain to improving transportation for these populations in the event of an emergency situation.


EPI Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers & Responders guide link opens in a new window

The National Organization on Disability’s emergency preparedness guide highlights key disability concerns for officials and experts responsible for emergency planning in their communities. This guide is also designed to help emergency managers, planners and responders make the best use of resources to include all citizens of the community in emergency preparedness plans.


Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning report link opens in a new window

This report provides an overview of steps the Federal Government should take to build a solid and resilient infrastructure that will enable the government to include the diverse populations of people with disabilities in emergency preparedness, disaster relief, and homeland security programs. This infrastructure would incorporate access to technology, physical plants, programs, and communications. It also would include procurement and emergency programs and services.


Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in the Provision of Disaster Mass Care, Housing and Human Services report link opens in a new window

This reference guide outlines existing legal requirements and standards relating to access for people with disabilities. This guide is the first in a series of disability-related guidelines FEMA will produce for disaster preparedness, response planners and service providers.