Emergency Preparedness Services

Recent disasters across the nation highlight the lack of critical community-based planning for people with disabilities and aging population. Ensuring individuals and emergency personnel are prepared prior to a disaster is recognized by FEMA and state and local officials as a key to community resilience. The emergency planning process requires accurate and comprehensive information by seasoned experts and is essential to the implementation of a successful plan.

A Facebook post and companion article written by Emily Wolinsky, highlight the importance of preparation. Learn more about how you can improve your own readiness by taking CIDE's online short course "Emergency Preparedness for You and Your Loved Ones."

Proper planning persons with disabilities in an emergency helps ensure that families stay together with the assistive technologies they need to function independently. This protects natural support systems, and prevents or reduces the effects of acute medical conditions, allowing volunteer medical providers to conserve limited emergency-care resources.

CIDE Emergency Preparedness Training & Education Services include:

  • Identification of appropriate assistive technologies, systems and supplies; and
  • Customized training tailored for emergency managers, first responders, consumers or community members

Properly providing for the needs of the disability community during an emergency requires highly specialized knowledge and experience. CIDE has the people, the knowledge and the experience to help professionals ensure their emergency preparedness programs meet regulatory requirements and properly serve the disability community throughout the Notification, Evacuation, Sheltering and Recovery phases of an emergency

Resource Documents 

Title Type Size
First Responder Wandering Alert Form pdf 252 KB Download First Responder Wandering Alert Form
Hazard Assessments pdf 162 KB Download Hazard Assessments
Individual Emergency Kits for Persons with Access and Functional Needs pdf 296 KB Download Individual Emergency Kits for Persons with Access and Functional Needs
My Personal Support Network pdf 263 KB Download My Personal Support Network
Personal Assessments Final pdf 232 KB Download Personal Assessments Final
Personal Medication Chart Record pdf 133 KB Download Personal Medication Chart Record
Personal Support Networks pdf 189 KB Download Personal Support Networks
Picture Communication Board for COVID-19 Editable pptx 850 KB Download Picture Communication Board for COVID-19 Editable
Picture Communication Boards for COVID-19 pdf 570 KB Download Picture Communication Boards for COVID-19
Picture Communication Boards for COVID-19 - Spanish pdf 506 KB Download Picture Communication Boards for COVID-19 - Spanish
Planning for Replacing AT or DME After an Emergency or Disaster FINAL pdf 1498 KB Download Planning for Replacing AT or DME After an Emergency or Disaster FINAL
Potential AAC 911 Emergency Messages pdf 191 KB Download Potential AAC 911 Emergency Messages
Shelter in Place or Evacuate Final pdf 154 KB Download Shelter in Place or Evacuate Final
Sip n' Puff Straw Modified Fabric Masks_Cloth Face Covering Adaptation Instructable pdf 2770 KB Download Sip n' Puff Straw Modified Fabric Masks_Cloth Face Covering Adaptation Instructable
Sip n' Puff Straw Modified KN95 Masks_Premade Mask Adaptation Instructable pdf 2030 KB Download Sip n' Puff Straw Modified KN95 Masks_Premade Mask Adaptation Instructable
The Handy Hand Washing Guide (DBST) pdf 196 KB Download The Handy Hand Washing Guide (DBST)
The Handy Hand Washing Guide (LBST) pdf 203 KB Download The Handy Hand Washing Guide (LBST)
The Handy Hand Washing Guide (PST) pdf 205 KB Download The Handy Hand Washing Guide (PST)
Wheelchair and Assistive Technology Users PRECAUTIONS for COVID-19 pdf 907 KB Download Wheelchair and Assistive Technology Users PRECAUTIONS for COVID-19

Learn how to keep yourself safe when disaster strikes