People of every age and ability need a plan of action in case of an emergency. Planning ahead provides an opportunity to feel more confident about being ready for an emergency, whether it is a house fire, power outage, hurricane or attack on the community. On this page, you’ll find links to various resources that can help you be prepared in case of an emergency.
The City of Chicago’s Voluntary Emergency Assistance Registry was created to provide police, fire and other emergency personnel with important information about the type of assistance people with disabilities and seniors would need in an emergency. https://webapps.cityofchicago.org/NotifyChicago/index.jsp
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign has Web tools to help individuals and organizations to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies http://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs . If you or someone close to you has a disability or other access or functional need, you may have to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family. Ready.gov has also made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) pdf and fill out the sections. To find out about individual assistance that may be available in your community.http://www.ready.gov/illinois.
Reference guide from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information on disability related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities in emergency preparedness and disaster relief. http://www.fema.gov/accommodating-individuals-disabilities-provision-disaster-mass-care-housing-human-services
People of every age and ability need a plan of action in case of an emergency. Planning ahead provides an opportunity to feel more confident about being ready for an emergency, whether it is a house fire, power outage, hurricane or attack on the community. http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities
Resources from the Chicago Department of Public Health on preparing for emergencies, local clinics and vaccinations. http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph.html
The “for Customers” section can help you find programs, services and information. The Emergency and Transitional Housing Program gives immediate and comprehensive shelter services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless. http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30362
This guide is for emergency planners, managers and first responders to help them plan and prepare for emergency situations that address the needs of people with disabilities. It includes information on how to involve people with disabilities in planning, the need for accessible temporary housing, and how to evacuate persons with disabilities, including those with service animals and pets. The guide covers all phases of preparedness from planning to rescue to evacuation to recovery. http://www.nod.org/assets/downloads/Guide-Emergency-Planners.html
This resource provides guidelines that individuals, employers and emergency managers can use to create inclusive emergency preparedness plans for their workplace. Developed by an interagency council of federal agencies, the guide includes some of the best methods being used in the federal government to ensure that the needs of all individuals are considered during an emergency. http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ep/preparing2.htm