Coffee Break Training: Planning for Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities Before the Emergency [open pdf - 339KB]
"Have you considered a whole community approach to risk management, preparedness and response messaging for individuals with special needs and/or disabilities? Have you given any thought to the number and scope of special needs and functional disabilities of the people in your response area? Are you prepared to communicate information about fire and life safety and the other major risks in the community? Have you coordinated with the organizations and agencies most likely to be already in contact with individuals with special needs or disabilities? Have you collaborated to engage as many groups and organizations as possible to send a consistent, clear and concise message about risk reduction, life safety, preparedness and response planning? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 54 million Americans, about one-fifth of the United States population, have a disability. Based on the recent Harris polls, over half of the disabled population has no plan, nor do they know whom to contact for assistance in preparing for disasters."
Coffee Break Training - Community Risk Reduction Series No. CR-2013-1
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/