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Emergency Preparedness Information

Autism Society – Preparedness Tips for Families
Disaster Preparedness Tips for Families Affected by Autism

An ADA Guide for Local Governments – Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities – One of the most important roles of local government is to protect their citizenry from harm, including helping people prepare for and respond to emergencies. Making local government emergency preparedness and response programs accessible to people with disabilities is a critical part of this responsibility. Making these programs accessible is also required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Better Communication / Better Healthcare – The goal of Better Communication, Better Healthcare is to improve medical care for people with intellectual disabilities whether in a hospital or an extended care facility.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources
The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives.

Children & Disasters: Disaster preparedness to meet children’s needs – from American Academy of Pediatrics – Compilation of resources and information on disaster preparedness and children, including children with special needs. From the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Coping with Trauma Resource Page – Resources from SAMHSA

Disaster Planning for Families of Children with Special Needs
From the Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH) Children with Special Health Care Needs Work Group.  This site provides resources and links to assist families in preparing and reacting to disasters and emergencies.

NASP – School Safety and Crisis Resources
NASP has made these materials available free of charge to the public in order to promote the ability of children and youth to cope with traumatic or unsettling events.

Make A Plan – Individuals with Access & Functional Needs
From Ready America, FEMA, DisasterAssistance.gov, and Citzen Corps.  Each person’s needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place.

Nobody Left Behind – Disaster Preparedness or Persons with Mobility Impairments
Important information from University of Kansas, Research and Training Center on Independent Living.

Ready America – Get a Kit – Emergency Preparedness Information for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs
Instructions for an Emergency Supply Kit. You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs – from Ready Illinois – While being prepared for disasters and emergencies is important for all individuals, it is even more critical for those with functional needs who may need assistance during an emergency. This website provides emergency preparedness tips for individuals with functional needs and their caregivers.

Illinois Secretary of State’s Emergency Contact Database – This database allows Illinois instruction permit, driver’s license and identification card holders to enter their emergency contact information into a voluntary, secure database.

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs. Get Ready Now – All individuals, including people with disabilities, should take the time before a disaster to plan for survival at home, in a shelter, or elsewhere in the event of an actual emergency. From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, www.ready.gov.