Disaster Links

ADA Compliance Communications

  • ADA Effective CommunicationAmericans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, published January 31, 2014People who have vision, hearing, or speech disabilities use different ways to communicate. The ADA requires that title II entities and title III entities communicate effectively with people who have communication disabilities.
  • Chapter 3 – General Effective Communication RequirementsAmericans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, published February 27, 2007Information to for all state and local governments to take steps to ensure that their communications with people with disabilities are as effective as communications with others, referred to as “effective communication.”
  • Chapter 4 – 9-1-1 Emergency Communications ServicesAmericans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, published February 27, 2007Information to learn the basics on what the ADA requires for 9-1-1 and other emergency communications services operated by or for state or local governments.
  • Section 1557 – Ensuring Effective CommunicationU.S. Department of Health & Human Services, updated August 25, 2016Section 1557 is the civil rights provision of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that prohibits discrimination on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities.

Assistance and Service Animals

Videos

  • Emergency Preparedness for Bioterror in ASLYoutube.com, Texas Department of State Health Services, published July 20, 2017Short YouTube video that explains bioterrorism, how to prepare for it, and what to do during a bioterror event in ASL, with English subtitles and with voiceover.
  • Emergency Preparedness for Floods in ASLYoutube.com, Texas Department of State Health Services, published July 20, 2017Short YouTube video that explains floods, how to prepare for them, and what to do during one in ASL, with English subtitles and with voiceover.
  • Emergency Preparedness for Hurricanes in ASLYoutube.com, Texas Department of State Health Services, published July 20, 2017Short YouTube video that explains hurricanes, how to prepare for them, and what to do during one in ASL, with English subtitles and with voiceover.
  • Emergency Preparedness for Tornados in ASLYoutube.com, Texas Department of State Health Services, published July 20, 2017Short YouTube video that explains tornados, how to prepare for them, and what to do during one in ASL, with English subtitles and with voiceover.
  • Emergency Preparedness for Wildfires in ASLYoutube.com, Texas Department of State Health Services, published July 20, 2017Short YouTube video that explains wildfires, how to prepare for them, and what to do during one in ASL, with English subtitles and with voiceover.
  • Prepare a Family Emergency Plan – DisastersYoutube.com, Sikana, published May 12, 2016Short tutorial video on learning how to prepare a family emergency plan for a major disaster.
  • Preparing Makes Sense for Older AmericansYouTube, Federal Emergency Management Agency, published May 6, 2013This is an ASL interpreted video about disaster planning for elderly Americans.

You can find additional American Sign Language preparedness videos with tips for specific natural and man-made disasters at the following links:

Other Resources

Braile Documents

General emergency preparedness documents are also available in the following braille formats:

Communications Board Printables

Educational Materials

  • Educational Materials for People with DisabilitiesNational Fire Protection Association, revised June 2016Webpage with links to several webpages and documents related to fire safety for people with disabilities, as well as resources for emergency planners and public educators.

Communication

Personal Preparedness

  • American Red Cross Informative appsAmerican Red Cross, updated 2021Webpage listing many preparedness-related apps from the ARC, including an app specifically for kids aged 7-11.
  • FEMA MobileFederal Emergency Management Agency, updated November 2, 2020One-stop shop app for emergency preparedness which includes emergency alerts, preparedness tips, and disaster resources.
  • Help Kids CopeGoogle Play, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, updated February 12, 2020An app designed to assist parents in talking to their children about different disasters they may experience or have already experienced.

Preparedness Tools

If you need to leave your home, be ready to go as quickly as possible. Having a Go Bag in an accessible place ensures that you and your family are prepared for whatever situation arises.  

Get Two Weeks Ready

Government Disaster Relief Resources:

  • American Red Cross – Find help in your area. Find an open shelter, search the safe and well listings, and read disaster recovery guides.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
  • Find a Disaster Recovery Center Near You – A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to your case.
  • Contact Your Local Emergency Information Management Office – Some local emergency management offices maintain registers of people with disabilities so you can be located and assisted quickly in a disaster. Contact your local emergency management agency to see if these services exist where you live or visit ready.gov to find links to government offices in your area.