About the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit
This toolkit is a product of years of work by past and present members of the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities. After witnessing what happened to people with physical disabilities in the wake of hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the Council knew more work needed to be done to ensure the safety and protect the lives of people, especially those with physical disabilities, before and during emergencies and natural disasters.
The Emergency Preparedness Toolkit was originally developed by the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf in partnership with the Wisconsin Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities expresses gratitude to the Association for allowing them to utilize these materials and to modify them to address the needs of people with physical and other disabilities.
The Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities Emergency Preparedness Toolkit serves as a resource tool providing all people, particularly those individuals with physical or other disabilities, emergency preparedness information including tips, checklists, wallet card, visual communications tool, and other resources to be prepared and have a plan for emergencies and natural disasters.
The Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities and the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf disclaim any liability for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, losses, or expenses arising in connection with your use of or inability to use the this toolkit, or in connection with any failure of acts related to disaster or emergency preparedness.
Emergency Preparedness Toolkit, Tools, and Resources
The Emergency Preparedness Toolkit includes information about evacuation and escape planning, including evacuation procedures and devices. It also includes all the tools and resources listed individually below.
- Be Prepared, Have a Plan: Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities Manual (PDF, 2 MB)
- General Checklist (PDF, 56 KB)
- Disability Checklist (PDF, 50 KB)
- Car Checklist (PDF, 35 KB)
- Important Documents Checklist (PDF, 50 KB)
- Medical Emergency Wallet Card (PDF, 36 KB)
- Fill out the information on the wallet card that applies to you. For medication, include dosage, frequency, and specific time you take medication each day. Keep your wallet card with you at all times in your wallet or purse.
- Family Emergency Planning Form (PDF, 53 KB)
- The Family Emergency Planning Form is for everyone in your home. Have a family meeting to talk about disasters. Fill out this form together. When you have finished completing this form, make extra copies. Put a copy in your go bag. Everyone in your home should also have one. Put a copy near your phone or on your refrigerator. It should be easy to find.
- Visual Communications Tool (PDF, 490 KB)
- The Visual Communications Tool is for quick and easy communication with people during emergencies. This tool can be used to tell others what you need. They can also use the card to tell you what is going on. This tool DOES NOT substitute for accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilitites Act (ADA).
- How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan Form (PDF, 375 KB)
- Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan using the How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan form. Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan.
- Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Needs (PDF, 127 KB)
Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Needs (Word, Fillable, 295 KB)
- This form is a tool that transfers critical information to medical professionals in an emergency to ensure that a child's complicated medical history is summarized and available when it is needed.
- Tips for Professionals and Volunteers when Assisting with People with Disabilities and the Elderly (PDF, 440 KB)
- This tips document includes emergency tips for assisting people with disabilities and the elderly during an emergency situation or natural disaster. This document lists the possible situations or conditions that search and rescue personnel may encounter when working with people with disabilities or the elderly.
- Emergency Preparedness Apps (for Phones and Tablets) and Resource Apps for Volunteers, Emergency Responders, and People with Disabilities (PDF, 248 KB)
- This list of apps is meant to be a resource and is not an endorsement of these apps. This is also not an all-inclusive list, but a compilation of information on apps that may be helpful in emergency situations.
Emergency Preparedness Presentations
The Council has prepared two presentations on the toolkit. The general presentation includes information on the Council, explains how the Council works on emergency preparedness, why the Council created this toolkit, what tools and resources are included in the toolkit, and tips for communicating with elderly and people with disabilities during emergency situations.
The outreach presentation is target to service providers, first responders, volunteers, and other stakeholders who may have to respond and work with people with disabilities during an emergency or natural disaster. This presentation includes the items listed in the general presentation as well as Psychological First Aid, information on disability sensitive, disability etiquette, and app designed for volunteers and first responders working with people with disabilities. A copy of each presentation is below.
- CPD Emergency Preparedness Toolkit - General Presentation (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- CPD Emergency Preparedness Toolkit - Outreach Presentation (PDF, 1.9 MB)
If you are interested in Council members presenting on the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit at your meeting, conference, or other community meeting/event, please contact the DHS staff support person, Lisa Sobczyk.