Emergency Preparedness Program
The Independence Center’s Emergency Management Program aims to integrate considerations for people with various access and functional emergency needs into a host of disaster systems. Through outreach and partnerships with various government and community based organizations, our emergency management program provides preparedness training, advises government planners, as well as seeks and executes grants to provide programmatic access for people with disabilities during emergencies.
The IC’s Current Efforts
To further emergency preparedness in our area, The IC is involved in:
- Community coordination for people with disabilities during emergencies
- Preparedness training for people with disabilities and their families is offered for the following categories of people:
- People With Disabilities
- Family Members
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Home Health Care providers
- Government Agencies
- Special Events
- Personal Emergency Preparedness Workbook
- Organize/Host access and functional needs committee
- These committees set standards for community projects like accessible communications and sheltering during disasters
- We integrate people with disabilities (PWDs) into mock disaster exercises
- Plan for/with PWDs to ensure their needs are met during disaster situations
- Producing and distributing Emergency Preparedness Access and Functional Needs Kit to the American Red Cross Colorado chapters
Below are links to emergency preparedness resources:
- The Independence Center’s Personal Emergency Preparedness Workbook
- Disaster Shelter Accessibility Training
- A list of Resources for Emergency Assistance
- Lessons From the Waldo Canyon Fires
- El Paso County Emergency Preparedness page – The County’s page of local links and information to help you prepare for an emergency.
- United Way Relief and Recovery Assistance Guide
- FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Ready.gov – “a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.”
- ASL Emergency Preparedness Videos
- Disability Awareness for First Responders video
Want to learn how you can get involved in making a difference in your community?
Contact our Emergency Preparedness program at 719-471-8181 or click the button below.