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September Is National Preparedness Month – Include Everyone in Planning for Emergencies

In his proclamation designating September as National Preparedness Month, President Barack Obama stated, “In April of this year, a devastating series of tornadoes challenged our resilience and tested our resolve. In the weeks that followed, people from all walks of life throughout the Midwest and the South joined together to help affected towns recover and rebuild…Disability community leaders worked side-by-side with emergency managers to ensure that survivors with disabilities were fully included in relief and recovery efforts. These stories…underscore that in America, no problem is too hard and no challenge is too great.”

Disability.gov’s Emergency Preparedness section has quite a few tools and resources that can help people with disabilities and others prepare for, and recover from, emergency situations and disasters.

 

Here are a few examples of the resources you’ll find on Disability.gov

•    Tips for people who have pets or service animals
•    Information about emergency kits and supplies
•    Preparing for emergencies at work and school
•    Accessible shelters and emergency housing
•    Help recovering from a disaster

You can also find help in your state by visiting Disability.gov’s Information by State section and going to the Emergency Preparedness section for your state. This blog also has postings about the importance of including everyone in emergency management planning, preparing for emergencies in the workplace and taking into account service animals when planning for emergencies.

FEMA has a great website for kids, READY Kids. This site also has a lot of good information for parents and teachers.  

Stay safe, be prepared, and check out these other resources for more information

•    Ready.gov (Listo América)
•    Are You Prepared? Video Contest
•    FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination
•    DisabilityPreparedness.gov
•    National Preparedness Month Coalition
•    DisasterAssistance.gov
•    Emergency Preparedness and You
•    Citizen Corps
•    American Red Cross

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