Planning and preparedness information for Texans with disabilities or special health care needs, their friends and their families can be found on the following websites.
- “Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs” is a guide prepared by FEMA in partnership with the American Red Cross
- The Disability Preparedness Resource Center provides practical information on how people with disabilities can prepare for an emergency. It also provides key information that family members, service providers, emergency planners and first responders can use to help better prepare to assist persons with disabilities.
- Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities links to an ADA Guide for Local Governments
- American Red Cross site where you can find versions in large print text, Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, French, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
- Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities is a comprehensive guide designed to help people who have physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities to prepare for natural disasters and their consequences. (June 1997)
- Using a Generator When Disaster Strikes: Developed with technical advice from the National Fire Protection Association (publisher of the National Electric Code®).
- Emergency Managers, Responders, Service & Care Providers
Prepare.org also has a number of articles offering tips for people with:
- Cognitive Disabilities
- Communication Disabilities
- Disabilities and Medical Concerns
- Environmental or Chemical Sensitivities
- Hearing Impairments
- Life-Support Systems
- Mobility Concerns
- Psychiatric Disabilities
- Service Animals or Pets
- Visual Disabilities
For more information on how the public can prepare for hurricane season, visit the GDEM website at www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/hurrweek06index.htm. Other resources can be found at www.Ready.gov and www.redcross.org.