Emergency Plan for People with Disabilities (Multiple Languages)
American Red Cross
January 1, 2008
Emergencies can happen at any time, often with no warning. Some emergencies can force a person to evacuate their home; others may force whole neighborhoods to be evacuated, while still others may require people to stay in their homes for days. Whether small or widespread, emergencies can pose special challenges for individuals with disabilities. If you or a loved one has a disability and were forced to evacuate your home, or if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off, would you, your family and your neighbors know what to do to ensure your well-being and safety? People with disabilities are best prepared to cope with emergencies by preparing customized emergency plans in advance, and sharing it with those around them. Having a plan and knowing what to do is your best protection and an important responsibility.