Access & Functional Needs

People with access and functional needs are best prepared to cope with emergencies by preparing customized emergency plans in advance, and sharing with those around them.

Los Angeles County:
Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registry – Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is currently in the process of transitioning SNAP (Specific Needs Awareness Planning) registrants into the Alert LA County system. Alert LA County will be used by Los Angeles County to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations.

Ready.gov:
Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs. Get Ready Now. Also available in Spanish.

Disability.gov:
Disability.gov’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery

University of New Mexico Center for Development & Disability:
Tips for First Responders
Many first responders have requested quick, easy-to-use procedures for assisting persons with disabilities in an emergency. These tip sheets provide information about many types of disabilities you can use during emergencies as well as routine encounters. They are not meant to be comprehensive, but contain specific information that you can read quickly either before or while you are actually responding to an incident. These are also useful for CERT members.
University of New Mexico Center for Development & Disability

Care Connection for Children:
Emergency Preparedness for Families of
Children with Special Needs

Emergency Survival Program:
Emergency Preparedness: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety: Tips for People with Disabilities and Activity Limitations
Also available in Spanish.
For Large Type, Braille, or audio copies, please contact the Emergency Survival Program.

Los Angeles County Bioterrorism Preparedness Program:
Emergency Plan for People with Disabilities
Also available in
Arabic
Armenian
Chinese
Farsi
Khmer
Korean
Russian
Spanish
Thai and
Vietnamese.

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For Service Animal and Pet Owners

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For People with Mobility Disabilities

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For People with Visual Disabilities

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For People with Environmental Illness or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For People with Developmental or Cognitive Disabilities

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For People with Communication and Speech-Related Disabilities

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco:
Emergency Tips For People Who Use Life Support Systems

Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences:
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: Taking Responsibility For Your Safety, A Guide For People with Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations

Los Angeles Department on Disability:
Earthquake Tips for People with Visual Disabilities

Los Angeles Department on Disability:
Emergency Preparedness for People with Special Medical Needs

Los Angeles Department on Disability:
Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and People with Disabilities