Emergency planning doesn’t ordinarily fit in a DSS provider’s job duties but as we all learn, we are consulted on the darnedest things and over time we collect an often disparate array of resources that we turn to for information or to make referrals when called upon for help. Emergency planning is no exception. Indeed, we may find ourselves one day being asked to serve a term on our institution’s Safety and Security committee or Student Care Team.
The emergency planning resources listed below can help disabled students plan for emergencies and also contain good information for all of us.
Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes: Available from Redfin real estate brokerage in California, this site discusses the importance of a personal safety plan, and addresses such issues as having an emergency supply kit, knowing what your insurance does and does not cover and more. It also discusses things to consider in different weather conditions (e.g. blizzard, hurricane, tornado etc).
Safe travels: Disaster preparedness on the road: From the American Public Health Association, this two-page fact sheet “Are You Ready?” discusses what to expect when on the road and weather related emergencies (e.g., tornados, floods, landslides, earthquakes, wildfires, blizzards) happen.
Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery-Dependent Assistive Technology: From the ADA National Network, this emergency power planning checklist is for people who use electricity and battery dependent assistive technology and medical devices inluding: breathing machines (respirators, ventilators); power wheelchairs and scooters; oxygen, suction or home dialysis equipment).
Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities — Guide and Checklist From the journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the “Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities – Guide and Checklist, presents guidelines for preparing for emergency situations and a checklist for building an emergency kit and recommends building and practicing a plan for each place where you ordinarily spend your time e.g., for home, work, and school.
Family Communication Plan for Parents From Ready.gov, this worksheet can help families, and parenting students, prepare for disasters and emergencies by having a communication plan in place.