A sometimes overlooked part of independence is being prepared for the everyday — and the unexpected.
Economic disaster may be the most common calamity of all. Be sure to check out our Financial Preparedness page.
- The National Crime Prevention Council
offers suggestions for preventing everything from cybercrime to ID theft; hate crime; home and neighborhood safety; and violent crime and personal safety.
- Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (PDF)
- FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC)
- FEMA (streaming Webcast/video conference on demand): Getting Real II: Promising Practices in Inclusive Emergency Management for the Whole Community
- Individual emergency preparedness for people with disabilities,
their families and support networks
- ILRU's emergency preparedness site
- Emergenency preparedness resources from the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at Oregon Health & Science University
- Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD)
- Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (a part of the Department of Homeland Security)
- National Resource Center on Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities
- Prepare Now for Vulnerable Populations
- Animal Emergency Preparedness:
How to Keep Your Service Animals and Pets Safe in Natural and Manmade Disasters
Disasters do not distinguish between animals and humans, but it is possible to prepare for your animals as well as for yourself. This online course provides information on how to keep service animals and pets safe in both natural and manmade disasters.
The course is offered on KS-TRAIN, a free online learning resource for public health professionals. The course was created by the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas.
The hour-long course is appropriate for a wide audience, from professionals to pet owners, including:
- Emergency responders
- People with disabilities who use service animals or have pets
- Professionals who provide services to people with disabilities, such as staff from centers for independent living and personal care attendants
- Staff and volunteers of animal shelters
- People who have pets or know others who have pets
- Animal Emergency Preparedness explains the importance of disaster preparedness for service animals and pets and identifies the steps needed for disaster preparedness for service animals, dogs, cats and other small pets. It also describes what to expect after a disaster to avoid new dangers to service animals or pets and explain options for responsible volunteering when animal rescue or sheltering is needed after a disaster.
To take the course, go to Kansas Train at https://ks.train.org and search for Animal Emergency Preparedness, course number 1025307. (If you are a first-time user, you will need to create a login name and password.)
- Baker County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
- Gilliam, Wasco and Sherman Counties
- Grant County Emergency Management
- Harney County
- Hood River
- Malheur County Emergency Services
- Morrow and Umatilla Counties Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)
- Union County Emergency Services
- Wallowa County Emergency Services
- Wheeler County Emergency Management