Emergency Preparedness

State and local government programs, activities and services related to emergency management are required to comply with Title II of the ADA.   This requirement also applies to programs, services, provided through third parties, such as the American Red Cross, private nonprofit organizations, and religious entities.  

Developing an emergency management plan is critical to ensuring an effective response to emergencies and disasters. Public officials, specialists from organizations such as the American Red Cross, and community members should work together to develop a comprehensive plan to prepare for emergencies.  Seeking and using input from people with a variety of disabilities, and organizations with expertise on disability issues, will help ensure that your plan meets the needs of people with disabilities in your community. 

Emergency preparedness involves a wide range of services and activities.  When developing and assessing emergency preparedness services for accessibility, it is recommended that communities focus on those areas that will have the greatest impact on people with disabilities.  These include: 

Notification – Alerting the Public to an Emergency


Emergency Transportation

Emergency Shelter Programs

Access to Medications, Refrigeration, and Back-Up Power

Access to Personal Mobility Devices or Service Animals while in Transit or Shelters 

Access to Information/Communication


ADA National Network Emergency Preparedness Resources

DOJ Resources: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness Resources-Pacific ADA Center