Emergency Preparedness Resources for People with Disabilities

Notify Chicago

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 with 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. 
To access information for people with disabilities visit, https://www.ready.gov/disability
Spanish language version of ready.gov can be found at www.listo.gov


Gear Up, Get Ready Links and Resources

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.