Public Health Practices

Video featuring deaf actors and a storytelling format advocates family preparedness

The Connecticut Department of Health developed an interactive emergency preparedness video - "Prepared for Anything" - for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

West Virginia develops participatory, data-based health risk assessment

The West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness developed a county health risk assessment toolkit that gave local jurisdictions the resources they needed to involve communities in risk data collection and analysis.

Exercise integrates planning for people with functional needs in general population shelter

A Georgia health district helped to coordinate an exercise that built support services for physical disabilities, mental disorders, dementia, and wheelchair access into disaster shelter planning.

Interactive, visual tool helps people with communication needs stay safe in emergency shelters

A visual tool helps emergency shelter residents and staff communicate shelter procedures, medical needs, and feelings without need for speech.

Preparing the way for functional and access needs in general population shelters

An Arizona partnership between public health and independent living advocates helped purchase adaptive and durable medical equipment to support people with functional needs in general population shelters.

Guide for emergency responders provides tools for communicating with specific vulnerable groups

A Florida work group developed guidance on effective ways to communicate with people on dialysis, people with disabilities, migrant workers, and others during a disaster.

Clearinghouse provides easy-to-use preparedness resources for families and responders assisting children with ASD

A Minnesota council created guidance and an app disaster responders can use to communicate with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Local health departments and community organizations work with paramedics to provide flu vaccine to homebound individuals

Oregon counties worked with paramedics to bring H1N1 vaccine to homebound people and people with disabilities.

Radiological preparedness activities focus on at-risk populations living in proximity to nuclear power plant

An Arizona human services agency developed plans and exercises for emergency evacuations of the elderly, people with disabilities, and children living near a nuclear power plant.

Partnerships, tools, and tabletop exercise tackle preparedness, continuity of opioid treatment programs during a disaster

Stakeholders expanded the Seattle region's capacity to ensure continuity of care for opioid treatment patients during a disaster.

Grassroots coalition assembles network of community services to meet needs of county's vulnerable populations

A Kansas community coalition and local health agency helps at-risk populations prepare for disasters.

Use of H1N1 funding to contract with advocacy groups and CBOs

Arizona's Maricopa County expanded existing outreach activities to get key messages about influenza to hard-to-reach communities.

Videoconference training: emergency planning for special needs communities (VA, WV)

Virginia and West Virginia partnered to offer a videoconference training on preparedness and response for at-risk populations.

H1N1 vaccine clinics for medically fragile children

The Rhode Island State Department of Health held H1N1 vaccination clinics in schools for children with neurologic illnesses and chronic medical conditions.

Training for community agencies to plan for H1N1 and people with special needs

The Rhode Island Department of Health held a three-day training for community agencies serving people with functional needs during an emergency.

H1N1 Public Service Announcements in American Sign Language

A set of video public service announcements in American Sign Language (ASL) describe essential information for preventing and treating H1N1 influenza. The videos include an overview of H1N1 and address signs and symptoms, transmission, illness prevention, medications, how to care for someone who is sick, the seriousness of the virus, and an update on CDC's activities. A brief video from Health Information Translations complements the information by providing basic hand washing tips in ASL.

Guide for including people with disabilities in disaster preparedness planning

A University of Connecticut center created guidance and assessment tools for ensuring that people with physical, sensory, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities are prepared for an emergency.

Diabetes disaster preparedness guide

A New Jersey healthcare system created a guide for people with diabetes to guide them through blood sugar and foot care, physical safety, and dietary issues during a disaster.

Special Needs Task Force and Registry

New Hanover County, North Carolina, built and maintained a voluntary special needs emergency registry through their Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The registry was initiated in 1997 and housed under the Department of Emergency Management until 2003, when grant funds became available to support maintenance of a registry by RSVP.

Emergency preparedness tips for those with functional needs guidebook

An interdisciplinary team created a guidebook for addressing the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and people with chronic health conditions during a disaster.


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