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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs

If you or someone in your family has access or functional needs, you may need to take some additional steps to prepare for a disaster. Remember, you may be on your own for up to three days before power, food, or water becomes available.

Make sure you take the following steps:

For more information:

Link to FEMA's Community Preparedness Principles
FEMA's campaign offers a wealth of information on what people with functional or access needs should do to prepare for emergencies.



We Prepare Every Day, a series of public service announcement (PSA) videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The PSA provides equal access to all viewers and includes open captioning, a certified deaf interpreter, and audio description for viewers who are blind or have low vision. 

National Association on Disability Emergency Preparedness Resources

Inclusive Preparedness Center Disaster Readiness Page