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Emergency Preparedness Resources

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).

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 – Information from the Florida Institute for Family Involvement on Disaster Planning.

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.

Illiniois 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,