Special Needs during Emergencies

Preparedness tips in planning for a person with special needs or disability

Links to the following websites that will assist you in preparing for emergencies if you care for someone with special needs:


American Red Cross/FEMA/Homeland Security

Persons with Disabilities

Emergencies can happen at a moment's notice. It is important to know your plans ahead of time so you are better prepared for any urgent situation. The booklet below gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and maintaining these plans for people with mobility problems or who have hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities.

These tips provide you and your caregivers with considerations needed to help manage communications, equipment, pets and home hazards.

The booklets are co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and are available from your local chapter of the Red Cross.