Preparedness Resources for Those with Disabilities

This page is a work in progress. More info will be added as time and resources allow. Feel free to explore what’s here.


The book It’s A Disaster! …And What Are YOU Gonna Do About It? includes a checklist for the elderly and disabled on p. 10. On p. 20-21 is a list of suggestions for items to include in a bug out bag or emergency kit.

My thanks to Bill and Janet Liebsch, the book’s authors for sharing several of the following resources. has a set of articles under the heading “Special Needs & Disabilities” in their Information and Advice section. Click the Emergency Preparedness Info tab to find the articles.

Download a publication in PDF called “Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety. A Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations,” by the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions. Find it at .

A FEMA publication is available entitled “Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities.” Find it at Large print and Braille versions are available by calling 800-480-2520 or e-mailing .

A FEMA page with several links that might come in handy is the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination Preparedness Resources page.

The Northeast Texas Public Health District has compiled 18 Emergency Preparedness Topics in ASL video and downloadable document format (including Braille and Large Print ) for public use. There is no charge for use of the materials. The site is at:

Portlight Strategies, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization created by people with disabilities for the purpose of building personal and community empowerment. Find their Facebook page when you click here.


Grabpak manufactures a unique line of emergency preparedness and first aid kits for the blind and visually impaired. Call 1-800-620-4199 for info or go to


SeroTalk was a podcast featuring accessible technology for the blind and disabled. The show notes for SeroTalk podcast 76 feature links to several helpful resources for disabled preppers.

Here’s a link to the CERT participant manual in PDF form which is screen reader friendly.

Here is the link for an educational video for emergency responders on serving service animal teams.

The US Internal Revenue Service offers accessible tax preparation assistance. This may not be directly related to preparedness and survival, but it can be very important to disabled family members or business owners.


The following links also appear in the Links of Interest page under Survival and prepping for the disabled.

The Hadley Institute has archived seminars. One is “Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Survival Streaming Audio.” Search for “Emergency preparedness” at the following link.

Several of the following sites are government sponsored sites with resources for those with disabilities.

HAVA is an organization created to offer disabled veterans opportunities to participate in shooting sports events.

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Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Fire Safety Disabilities Guide


Audio Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

I’ve read several of the books I’ve reviewed here thanks to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically handicapped. It’s part of the Library of Congress system. State libraries throughout the country for the blind and disabled make available specially designed digital audio players and books in Braille and large print. Find out more at

Books are listed with reference numbers in the Library of Congress system for the blind. I’ll add to this list from time to time.

  • DB67409–The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes, and Why, by Amanda Ripley
  • DB58339–Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why; True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death, by Laurence Gonzales
  • DB056439–Aboman’s Guide to Survival and Self-Reliance: Practical Skills for Interesting Times, by Joseph A. Bigley
  • DB58312–Be alert, be aware, have a plan: the complete guide to protecting yourself, your home, your family, by Neal Rawls and Sue Kovach
  • DB50515–The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
  • DB72384–The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means, by Jeff Yeager
  • DB81192–Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, by Bea Johnson
  • DB67113–Right Sizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most, by Ciji Ware
  • DB69864–All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew
  • DB68366–Gardening When it Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times, by Steve Solomon
  • DB69996–Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting, by R. J. Ruppenthal
  • DB83001–Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, by Ted Koppel
  • DB69145–One Second After, by William R. Forstchen
  • DB86557–One Year After, by William R. Forstchen
  • DB37180–Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank
  • DB60528–Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: How Americans Lived Through the “Roaring Twenties” and the Great Depression , by David E. Kyvig
  • DB24995–Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, by Studs Terkel
  • DB43194–Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston
  • DB62072–The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, by Louise Borden
  • DB61279–The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, by John Kelly
  • DB58601–A Place in the Woods, by Helen Hoover
  • DB67710–Against Medical Advice: A True Story, by James Patterson and Hal Friedman
  • DB70548–A Paradise Built in Hell:The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, by Rebecca Solnit