While being prepared for disasters and emergencies is important for all individuals, it is even more critical for those with functional needs who may need assistance during an emergency. The following information provides emergency preparedness tips for individuals with functional needs and their caregivers.
Download a specific Functional Needs Tip:
Refer to this Disaster Supplies Kit checklist when assembling the items you need to stay safe during and after a disaster. Consider keeping additional kits at work and in your vehicle(s).
Print and cut out this convenient Emergency Health Information Card. Fill in your information and your emergency contact information. Carry it with you at all times near your drivers license or ID card so it is readily available in the event of an emergency.
American Sign Language Messages
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission collaborated to create a series of videos presenting vital preparedness messages in American Sign Language. Click here to view the ASL videos.
FEMA offers an ASL video with answers to frequently asked questions about Federal Disaster Assistance.
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