Emergency Preparedness Resources for People with Disabilities
City of Chicago Links and Resources
NotifyChicago is a city service that provides residents with recorded telephone messages, text messages and/or e-mail alerts on various emergency and non-emergency situations taking place throughout Chicago.
With Smart911, you can provide 9-1-1 call takers and first responders critical information you want them to know in any kind of emergency. When you call 9-1-1, your Smart911 Safety Profile displays on the 9-1-1 screen and the 9-1-1 call takers can view your addresses, medical information, home information, description of pets and vehicles, and emergency contacts. You can provide as much or as little information as you like. Smart911 is a national service meaning your Smart911 Safety Profile travels with you and is visible to any participating 9-1-1 center nationwide.
Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) Links and Resources
The ready.gov website has a section focused on preparedness information for people with disabilities or functional needs. It includes an instructional video as well as the brochure “Prepared for Emergencies Now: Information for people with Disabilities” (copy of brochure attached).
To download brochure for people with disabilities: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/90360
To order larger quantities of the publications (no cost): http://www.ready.gov/publications
Ready.gov also has basic emergency preparedness resources that may be useful, such as printable wallet cards to write emergency contact numbers or other information on.
Spanish language version of ready.gov can be found at www.listo.gov
Gear Up, Get Ready Links and Resources
In an effort to help citizens get informed, be prepared and take action, the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) launched the Gear Up. Get Ready Campaign!
Gear Up, Get Ready provides critical information and tools, including emergency contact cards, preparing for family emergency plans and completing your emergency kits.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Sign Language Preparedness Videos
ASL videos on topics such as making a plan, building a kit, getting trained, volunteering, sheltering in place, going to a shelter, planning for people with functional needs, and planning for evacuations.
This site includes downloadable sheets of common emergency terms with pictures and/or words.
Tools developed by and for people with disabilities: This site includes a workbook that will help individuals to make an emergency plan, a video that demonstrates how to complete the workbook and put together a home emergency kit, and a printable magnet to post important emergency contact information on the refrigerator for first responders.