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General Information for Persons Living with Disabilities or Special Needs

Biloxi, MS, June 29, 2011 -- Bobby Singletary, shared her experiences during Katrina. FEMA works with local organizations to understand the special needs of the disabled community during a disaster. Photo: Chris Ragazzo/FEMA

Preparing and Planning: People with Special Needs (FEMA)

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs [PDF] [Text only] (FEMA)

Personal Preparedness and Planning (

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs [PDF]  (National Organization on Disability and

Questions and Answers on National Flood Insurance Program [PDF] (FEMA)

How to Prepare Yourself and Your Family for Disasters [PPT] (UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness)

Nashville Area:  Ready Nashville Household Preparedness Guide [PDF] (City of Nashville)

Chattanooga, TN, June 18, 2011 -- Mary Sinclair, a Community Relations field worker, discusses special needs assistance with Delores Smith, who is blind, and her daughter Cheryl, as Teisha Jeter, her Community Relations partner, looks on. Community Relations field workers help special needs survivors find the help they may be eligible for. Photo by Ed Edahl/FEMA.

Special Needs Registries


Nashville Area: The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and Nashville Electric Service have partnered to create a special needs database that will notify emergency personnel in the event of an evacuation or disaster. To register or for more information, contact NES Customer Service at 615-736-6900.

Nashville AreaSmart 911 Registration

Memphis Area:  People who have special needs such as respirators, oxygen or any type of medical equipment should register with their local fire department and Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Division to make sure they are on the list for special needs patients.

For Specific Disabilities and Special Needs Groups

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 (