1.1 This guide is intended to be used by an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for undertaking various efforts to prepare persons with disabilities in their communities to survive in a disaster or emergency. 1.2 This guide does not purport to address all of the elements necessary to prepare for a disaster or emergency. It is the responsibility of the user (AHJ) of this standard guide to establish for itself applicable protocols, procedures, systems and other means to effectuate the health, safety and well being of persons with disabilities, and any employees, aides or other persons providing assistance in their home, place of business or other location and determine the applicability of regulatory ADA limitations as voluntary and mandatory specifications for assisting the disabled. 1.3 This guide is intended to provide a format for applicable protocols, procedures, systems and other mechanisms to promote an integrated approach in conducting Preparedness efforts specifically for persons with disabilities. It is designed to compliment the planning and preparedness of local Emergency Management Agencies (EMAs) for persons with disabilities. 1.4 This guide does not supersede any official Federal or State policies, regulations, laws or criteria that might exist or may subsequently be developed and promulgated. 1.5 This guide is intended to facilitate AHJs (governmental agency, non profit and private groups) development of preparedness plans for such persons. 1.6 This guide is intended to remind all AHJs that the Americans with Disabilities Act still governs all services and facilities to those persons with disabilities even in an emergency/disaster; and, that the Stafford Act and Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, along with Federal, State and Local Civil Rights Laws, mandate integration, inclusion, coordination and non segregation for people with disabilities in emergency programs, services and activities. 1.7 This guide is intended to assist those involved in emergency management and shelter planning to understand the concepts of accessibility and equal opportunity and how they apply in disasters and emergencies before they occur, as they are about to occur, when they occur, during and after the disaster or emergency.
Emergency preparedness has long recognized the unique need to prepare for and respond to people with disabilities in emergencies. The analysis following the Katrina Hurricane emphasized the need.
KeywordsAged, Disabled, Disabilities, Readiness, Preparedness, Evacuation
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.Back to Top
Ballot Item Approved as E2951-2013 and Pending Publication