Individuals with disabilities often are disproportionately impacted during times of disaster. A variety of barriers may already exist such as lack of transportation and inaccessible buildings, and other barriers are either created or exacerbated by the disaster itself. Effective and inclusive evacuation, sheltering, and other response and recovery activities are critical.
People with disabilities who are self-sufficient under regular circumstances may have to rely on the help of others in an emergency. They may need more time than others to make necessary preparations for an emergency. Arrangements need to be made for service animals and necessary medical equipment. The following resources will help you safely prepare for emergencies: