TDSN Pre-Disaster Planning

Cleveland, TN, May 31, 2011 -- Pam Jackson of the Chattanooga Independent Lliving organization, Coy Carl from FEMA Commuity Relation and James Fleming, Disaster Integration Specialist discuss issues with Jorge Colon, manager of the Cleveland Disaster recovery Center. FEMA goes to great lengths to ensure that special needs survivors receive the benefits they are entitled to. Photo by EdEdahl/FEMA

Persons with Blindness or Visual Impairments

Personal Preparedness and Planning: Visual Disabilities (Accessible Emergency Info)

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities (National Organization on Disability)

Preparedness Tips for People with Visual Disabilities (American Red Cross)

Persons with Chronic Disease including Diabetes

Diabetes Disaster Preparedness (American Association of Diabetes Educators)

Diabetes: Be Prepared (CDC)


Persons with Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities

Personal Preparedness and Planning: Cognitive & Developmental Disabilities (British Columbia Emergency Management)

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Developmental or Cognitive Disabilities [PDF] (National Organization on Disability)


People who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Deaf-Blind

Special-needs NOAA Weather Radio for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons  (NOAA)

Text Alerts Fact Sheet (Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network CEPIN)

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities (National Organization on Disability)

Chattanooga Area:  Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (Partnership for Families, Children and Adults)

Jackson Area: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services (Jackson Center for Independent Living)

Johnson City Area:  Communication Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (Frontier Health)

Knoxville Area:  Knoxville Center of the Deaf

Memphis Area:  DeafConnect of the MidSouth

Nashville Area: Bridges


Persons with Mental Illness

Personal Preparedness and Planning: Psychiatric Disabilities (

Cleveland, TN, June 2, 2011 -- Karen Faria, a FEMA mitigation specialist, explains mitigation procedures described in a FEMA pamphlet to John Miller. FEMA can provide expert mitigation advice to physically challenged citizens at risk for tornadoes and storms. Photo by Ed Edahl/FEMA.

Persons with Mobility Impairments

Individuals with Disabilities (

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities [PDF] (National Organization on Disability)

Safety First- Evacuation Planning Support Program (Easter Seals)

Fire Risks for Mobility Impaired [PDF]  (U.S. Fire Administration)

For Specific Demographic Groups


Animal Owners

Pet/Service Animal Preparedness [PDF]  FEMA

Aiding Individuals with Service Animals During an Emergency (U.S. Department of Labor)



Caring for Someone with Dementia in a Disaster (Alzheimer's Association)

Prepare for a Disaster: Information for anyone caring for a newborn (March of Dimes)



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Ready Kids (

FEMA for Kids (FEMA)

Children and Disasters (American Academy of Pediatrics)

 Children with Special  Needs (American Academy of Pediatrics) 

Emergency Information Form for Children With Special Health Care Needs  (American College of Emergency Physicians)

Helping Children Cope with Disaster [PDF] - also in Spanish [PDF] (Red Cross)


Faith-Based Communities

Disaster Tip Sheets for US Religious Leaders (National Disaster Interfaiths Network)

Hixon, TN, June 2, 2011 -- Emily Torres, a FEMA mitigation advisor, explains information in a brochure to a disaster survivor. FEMA personnel provide a large variety of mitiagation services with displays at local stores such as Home Depot. Photo by EdEdahl/FEMA.

Senior Adults

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors [PDF] (Red Cross)

How to Prepare for Emergencies (Red Cross)

Just In Case: Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers [PDF] (U.S. Administration on Aging)

Personal Preparedness and Planning: Seniors (