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Emergency Planning

We can help you prepare when emergencies happen.

What is Emergency Preparedness?

The term “Emergency planning and preparedness” can cover a wide variety of topics like emergency, risk, disaster, and hazard management.

Being prepared for an emergency is crucial for you and your family, in your home, in your place of business, or your school, and throughout your community.

Emergencies happen. Don’t wait until you are in the middle of trouble. We can help you plan to be prepared in case of a disaster. Proper planning could be lifesaving.

One of our specialists can help you create a plan just for you.

Personal Emergency Planning Tools

Be Ready

Be Ready is a new, flexible format for emergency planning that accounts for your access needs during emergencies.

Be Ready (PDF)

My Emergency Readiness Plan-PA

My Emergency Readiness Plan-PA is our original booklet designed to help people with disabilities create personal plans to prepare themselves, their families, and their supports for emergencies.

My Emergency Readiness Plan-PA (PDF)

Individual Emergency and Lockdown Plan

This template is for teachers, parents, and school-age students. It talks about needs that are specific to the school environment. A recorded webinar and related handouts are also available for this topic.

Individual Emergency and Lockdown Plan (Download PDF)

Picture Communication Boards

Picture communication boards can support people with communication disabilities and people who do not speak English. They're a great tool for emergency shelter workers and first responders to keep handy.

Questions about how to use picture-based communication? Watch a helpful video on our YouTube channel!

English/Spanish aids revised 2018:
English/Spanish Emergency Communication Board 8.5x11in (PDF – 847 KB)
English/Spanish Emergency Communication Board 8.5x14in (PDF – 1502 KB)

Additional Information

For more emergency preparedness tools and resources, visit the Institute on Disabilities website at https://disabilities.temple.edu/eprep

Materials for training disaster response personnel can be found at techowlpa.org/learn/afncourse

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