Emergency Preparedness and Response

I have a disability; how should I get ready for an emergency or disaster?

My child has a disability; is my family ready for an emergency or disaster?

I’m a public health or safety emergency responder, planner, or manager; where can I learn more about whole community planning and response for people with and without disabilities?

How can I help my community become more disaster resilient?

During emergencies or disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, chemical spills, and terrorist attacks, people with disabilities and others with functional and access needs may face barriers to accessing appropriate emergency services. Historically, the disability community has been excluded from emergency plans and the planning process, community emergency plans have not taken advantage of disability community strengths, and emergency responders have received limited education about disability community needs.

In an effort to advance “whole community,” or inclusive, planning, response, and recovery, the Shriver Center launched its Emergency Preparedness and Response Initiative in 2005. Through hands-on training, in-person and online courses, resources, and customized consultation, this initiative promotes community resilience through projects that enhance equal access to emergency services and efficient emergency response.

Our Emergency Preparedness and Response Initiative programs and resources are geared toward the following two groups:

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