We can help you prepare when emergencies happen.
What is Emergency Preparedness?
An emergency is an event that puts a lot of people in danger. It could be a disaster caused by weather, like a tornado, or a disaster caused by humans, like a chemical spill. The most common emergencies for us to prepare for in Pennsylvania are:
- House fires
- Hurricanes & flooding
- Winter storms & power outages
We can keep ourselves and our families safe by thinking about how to handle these things! Emergency preparedness means making a plan and gathering your supplies ahead of time. Don’t wait until you are in the middle of trouble. Use the resources below or reach out to one of our specialists at TechOWL for help getting started.
Personal Emergency Planning Tools
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.
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.
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!
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