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For the 57 million Americans with disabilities, medical emergencies and natural disasters present real challenges. People with disabilities and their family members should make plans to protect themselves in the event of an emergency. The "Ready Now!" Toolkit [2.91 MB] from the Oregon Office on Disability and Health is for people with disabilities and emphasizes independence, allowing each person to address his or her specific needs. The Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry (RISNER) is designed to identify individuals who may require special assistance during emergencies, such as people with disabilities, long-term conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, and epilepsy, and other special healthcare needs.
The information submitted to the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry is shared with local and state first responders and emergency management officials. The Ohio Disability and Health Program has developed two training videos on Disability and Emergency Preparedness, one targeting Emergency Planners and the other targeting First Responders.
The Ohio Trauma Committee Functional Needs Work group has also developed a video to teach you how to handle service animals in emergency situations. This is a simple, easy-to-use tip sheet with information for assisting people with a wide range of disabilities. Mark and Theresa August worry about the safety of their developmentally and physically disabled son, Austin, at school, because he his classroom is on the 2nd floor and they're not convinced the school has a sufficient evacuation plan for him and other students in wheelchairs. A CPS spokesperson says evacuation chairs with rollers are available to transfer them down stairs during emergencies. Learn how people with disabilities, their families, and first responders can plan ahead for a disaster. It is also important that first responders know how to evacuate people with disabilities quickly and safely. You are in the ideal position to plan for your own safety as you best know your abilities and needs during and after an emergency or disaster. Toolkit [2.62 MB] from the Alaska Health and Disability program will help you prepare for an emergency.

Toolkit webinar to assistAlaskans and others with disabilities and their caregivers in putting the Get Ready!Toolkit into action. The Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency have worked with E-911 to notify first responders when they are responding to a household that may have someone enrolled in the Registry. Each video provides information and best practices that seek to help you ensure the safety of people with disabilities and yourself during emergency events. District officials claim they were unaware the family ever asked for the evacuation plan, but CBS 2 has obtained the emails showing the family clearly asked the principal for it.
Respecting all people with disabilities and treating them with dignity must be part of the response. 571 million Americans have a disability, and anyone can be at risk for developing or acquiring one in their lifetime through illness, injury, or aging. Smart911 allows you to create a private safety profile that instantly transmits information you specify to the 9-1-1 dispatcher's computer screen when you place an emergency call. Children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during emergency situations and caregivers need to be proactive and plan for the safety of the whole family. To find more information about emergency preparedness, visit Emergency Preparedness and You. Theresa and Mark August say the children could get trapped during a fire or other emergency.
People with disabilities may face barriers to everyday activities, such as reading small print, understanding instructions, getting to places or hearing what is said. This technology allows dispatchers to relay critical care information to emergency responders in the field even if you are unable to communicate.
CDC offers resources that can help protect your child from an emergency and to reunite with your child quickly and safely. Originally developed by the University of New Mexico's Center for Development and Disability, this tip sheet is now being distributed around the country by Disability and Health programs in several states. Your plan may include family, friends, neighbors, and organizations that support you and can help you make decisions.

During disasters and emergency situations people with disabilities may need additional assistance to obtain the services they need. Several state-based disability and health programs around the country are now encouraging people with disabilities to sign-up for Smart911 or similar programs. During an emergency, people with disabilities may require additional assistance from emergency managers or responders. To find more information about the health of people with disabilities, visit Disability and Health. They said they don’t think those children would be safe if there were an emergency requiring the school to be evacuated.
Universal design, accessible environments, and easy-to-read information, are only some examples of the strategies that can be implemented to make sure that everyone is safe during an emergency.
Some physical disabilities may be obvious while others, such as mental illness or intellectual disabilities, may not.
The Montana Disability and Health program has created an Emergency Medical Information (EMI) kit to promote awareness of Smart911 and to offer support for people with disabilities who may need help creating their profiles, as well as provide information about available emergency preparedness materials. To find more information about disabilities, visit National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
Theresa August says the school is not safe for kids in wheelchairs, because there are too many students to evacuate down stairwells during an emergency.
Filed Under: Austin August, Chicago Public Schools, Dave Savini, disabled, Evacuation Plan, Gary Michaels, John L.

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