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Emergency Preparedness and Response


Preparing for Disaster: Getting All to Safe Ground (United We Ride, 2012). Fact sheet developed by the CCAM/United We Ride's Emergency Preparedness and Response Work Group listing strategies, stakeholders, and resources for addressing the needs of those with access and functional requirements in emergency preparation and disaster response.

Preparing Makes ­­­­­Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs (, last update 2011). A guide that outlines actions that individuals with disabilities, individuals with special needs, and their caregivers can take to start preparing for emergencies before they happen.

Avoiding Disasters for the "Special Needs Population" (Office of Civil Rights, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, unknown date). Provides information on effective planning, response, and recovery for the special needs population, consistent with Federal civil rights laws.

Communications with Vulnerable Populations: A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Report No. 150, 2011). Describes how to create a communication process to reach vulnerable populations regarding their transportation options in emergencies. Toolkit provides a guiding framework and tools for constructing a scalable, adaptable communication process built on a network of agencies from public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Generic Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plan for State-Level Transportation Agencies (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2011). How to create state-level transportation agency continuity of operations and continuity of government plans for use in crisis or emergency situations.

Evacuating Persons with Special Needs: Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series (Federal Highway Administration, 2009). Explores how to effectively evacuate people who need assistance in leaving an area, particularly people with disabilities, aging populations, people living in congregate or residential care facilities, and those with household pets.

Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response (Center for Public Health Preparedness, RAND, 2009). Distills the most relevant strategies, practices, and resources from a variety of sources, to identify priority populations and critical strategies. This toolkit is meant to help state and local health agencies improve their current emergency preparedness activities. In addition, community-based and/or non-governmental organizations can use this toolkit to enhance their programming for these populations.

The Role of Transit in Emergency Transportation (Transportation Research Board Special Report 294, 2008). Explores the roles that transit systems can play in accommodating the evacuation, egress, and ingress of people from and to critical locations in times of emergency.

Sample Plans

Planning Framework For The Evacuation of the Transportation Needs Populations in Central Ohio (Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, 2012). An evacuation planning framework developed by the MORPC that expressly addresses transportation needs of vulnerable populations in the seven-county area of Central Ohio. Funded through a “Transportation Equity Research Program” grants awarded by the Federal Transit Administration in FY2008, and intended to serve as a replicable model for U.S. communities.


Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities. An interagency council established by Executive Order to ensure that the federal government appropriately supports safety and security for individuals with disabilities in disaster situations.

American Public Transportation Association “Emergency Response and Preparedness Program Resources” web page. Provides resources for transit systems and industry entities to help them prepare for an expected event or in the wake of an unforeseen situation.

Community Transportation Association of America “Emergency Management” web page. Contains resources to help communities plan transportation services and strategies that can activated in disaster situations. Federal government website to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Presents strategies for emergency preparedness and contains links to many resources.