During an emergency, the electricity, telecommunications, and medical facilities that people rely on can be severely compromised. Familiar travel routes can be blocked. Gas or water left on in the home can result in secondary disasters such as fires or floods. Water, food, and personal hygiene products might be unavailable for purchase or may run low. The places people are most familiar with can become hazardous zones.

For people who are blind, have low vision, or are physically disabled, emergency situations can be especially challenging. Limitations on mobility, incapacitated accessible technology and electrical infrastructure, and inadequate communications with emergency workers may leave people with disabilities particularly vulnerable.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide provides key resources for people with visual impairment, blindness, or other physical disabilities who wish to proactively plan for emergencies. The first section, Key Resources for Emergency Preparedness, provides specific tools for people who are blind, visually impaired, or physically disabled to use during an array of emergencies. The second section, Disaster Housing and Aid, provides information on temporary housing and resources for recovery after an emergency. This reference guide concludes with a bibliography that provides suggestions for further reading.

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