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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin


Emergency Preparedness – How prepared are you really?

Preparing for an emergency such as a hurricane, fire, thunderstorm, flood, or other natural disaster is not something most of us like to think about.  We like even less to think about preparing for a terrorist attack.

Despite this, the fact remains that the more prepared we are the more likely we are to survive such an emergency.  Even if it is not a life or death matter and the emergency is short in duration, a little planning and having some basic things on hand will make us much more comfortable.

The following resources are intended to assist persons with disabilities, their caregivers, and loved ones in planning for an emergency or disaster.  These resources are also intended to familiarize caregivers or members of a support group with some of the challenges facing their friends, family, and loved ones with a disability.

This information is not limited to people with physical or cognitive conditions specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act. You should find it helpful to, for example, people with even mild vision, hearing, or mobility impairments.

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En Espanol     More Emergency Preparedness Links

There are three basic steps to planning for an emergency: 

  1. Be Informed,
  2. Make a Plan, and
  3. Make an Emergency Supply Kit.

These steps are outlined below with links for you to complete each step.


What to do before, during, and after an emergency.

  • BeforeEducated yourself as to how to prepare for disasters likely to happen in your area.  In Arizona an emergency could involve such natural things as:  a fire, wild fire, flood, earthquake, extreme heat or cold, snow, thunderstorm, or dust storm.  A disaster could also involve:  a nuclear power plant or a terrorist incident.Your preparation for each potential emergency type may be different or may involve having different items in your emergency kit.
  • DuringHow will you know that a natural disaster or other emergency will or has affected the area in which you live?  Often we receive such news on the TV or radio but, what if the power has gone out?  Do you have a battery or solar operated radio to receive such weather or news story?How will you communicate with loved ones?
  • AfterHow will you communicate with loved ones that to find out if they are safe or to let them know that you are safe?Register on the Red Cross Safe and Well List – If you have been affected by a disaster, you can use this page to post “safe and well messages” that your loved ones can view.

Check out the links below for information on staying informed.

The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN)
Extreme Heat
Emergency Warnings for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR)


Each person’s needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation.

A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation.  Each of the following links will assist you in making an emergency plan.

“72 Hours” Website
Be Red Cross Ready Pamphlet
Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities Pamphlet
Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities
Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities
Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Developmental or Cognitive Disabilities
Disaster Readiness Tips for Owners of Pets of Service Animals
Flood Preparedness Guide
Get Ready Now Pamphlet
Just In Case Arizona
Monsoon Storm Safety
Ready.gov Website

Planning for Your Pets

Whether you have a service animal or family pets, your emergency preparations should include them too.  Just like you, your pets will need food, water, shelter, and medications.  Also, like you during an emergency they may experience many emotions – anxiety, worry, & fear.  The links below will help you prepare for your four-legged friends.

FEMA-Caring for Animals
Preparing Pets for Emergencies – Pamphlet
National Hurricane Center – Pet Plan


A disaster supply kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency.  You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or to shop for them.  The links below will help you assemble a kit.

“72 Hours” Website
Just In Case Arizona

Specific Functional Need Focus

Cognitive Disabilities

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Developmental or Cognitive Disabilities

Deaf / Hard of Hearing

American Assoc of the Deaf-Blind – What to Do in an Emergency?
Making an Emergency Kit – format for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf / Blind People
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Disaster Preparedness Video
NOAA Weather Radio for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons

Physical Disabilities

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities

Visual Disabilities

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities
Emergency Preparedness and People who are Blind and Visually Impaired

More Emergency Preparedness Links

Are You Red Cross Ready? in American Sign Language
Coping with Disasters
Disability.Gov – Emergency Preparedness Resources
FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC)
Just In Case Arizona
Make A Disaster Supplies Kit
NASUAD Disaster Preparedness Guide
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities
Red Cross – Prerparing for Disaster for People with Special Needs

En Espanol

Paso 1: Estar Informado

La emergencia de Arizona de Información de Red (AzEIN)
La Radio del Tiempo de la NOAA (NWR)

Paso 2:  Haga Un Plan

ASPCA – Preparación en Caso de Desastres
Como Prepararse
Haga un plan
Mantengase informado
Por si acaso Arizona
Preparar a sus mascotas para casos de emergencia tiene sentido. Prepárese ahora

Preparación por Catástrofes para los Animales


Paso 3: Hacer un botiquín de emergencia

Equipo de suministros para casos de desastre
Prepare un equipo
Prepare un Paquete
Preocuparse por las Personas con Necesidades Básicas

Otros enlaces de emergencia

Cómo sobreponerse a un desastre o suceso traumático
Recursos para la atención sicológica en caso de desastres y sucesos traumáticos
Preparate con la Cruz Roja
Cruz Roja Americana
Provisions de agua y alimentos para casos de emergencia
Refugio en el lugar donde se encuentre


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