Below is a selection of resources from Cal OES, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. These resources are intended to assist people with disabilities to become more familiar with disaster and emergency preparedness.
- Office of Access and Functional Needs
In January 2008, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services established the Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN). The purpose of OAFN is to identify the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during, and after a disaster and to integrate disability needs and resources into emergency management systems.
- Access and Functional Needs in a Disaster – What you NEED to Know!
Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere and at anytime in California. Along with disasters come challenges and that rings even more true for individuals with access and functional needs.
- CalOES: Active Shooter Awareness Guidance
- Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs – How to Make a Plan & Create a Support Network – FEMA
How might a disaster affect me? What are my personal needs during a disaster? By evaluating your own individual needs and making an emergency plan that ?ts those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.
- Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities American Red Cross
Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Mobility problems and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are better prepared for any urgent situation.
- We Can Do Better: Lessons Learned for Protecting Older Persons in Disasters
The intent of the report is to provide suggestions and links to practical tools and resources that will be helpful to policy makers at federal, state, and local levels; nongovernmental organizations; and older persons, family caregivers, and persons with disabilities.
- Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
For the millions of Americans who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge.