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Emergency Preparednessemergency-preparedness-checklist

Wisconsin county and tribal aging programs can get support and technical assistance in the area of emergency preparedness by contacting GWAAR’s emergency preparedness lead, Jayne Mullins.

The following resources are for county and tribal aging program staff:


Best Practices (submit your plans or committee structures to be put here)
Emergency Nutrition

General Preparedness Resources
Grants for Disaster and Preparedness Activities
Resources for Professionals and Organizations
Resources for Individuals, Families, and Caregivers
ADA Considerations in Planning

Training and Webinars

Volunteers in Disasters

Best Practices

Emergency Preparedness: A Guide for Aging Units - Preparing Your Agency
This resource guide provides an overview of Wisconsin aging unit emergency preparedness responsibilities, helpful ideas, and links to resources that can be used when creating your agency’s emergency preparedness plan.

CDC Emergency Action Plan Template
A fillable template to get your planning started.

America's PrepareAthon!

Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing Protection During All-Hazards Emergencies (CDC)
A cross-sector guide offering strategies and best practices for identifying individuals who may need assistance during an emergency.

Jefferson County Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan PowerPoint

Pierce County COOP Plan

National Fire Protection Association - Remembering When
A fire and fall prevention program.

Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP)
Community organizing program for emergency preparedness.

Neighborhood preparedness parties.

Washington State
Map Your Neighborhood initiative.

Emergency Nutrition

Emergency Handbook for Food Managers

Food Safety In Emergencies – Foodsafety.gov

Food Safety In Power Outages – U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

See the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit & Other Nutrition Materials page (new page) for materials specific to emergency planning for nutrition programs.

General Preparedness Resources

Administration on Aging: Administration for Community Living Emergnecy Prep Resources

American Public Health Association Get Ready Campaign
English and Spanish fact sheets about emergencies, preparedness, materials for media and policy makers, and more.

Department of Homeland Security   
Preparedness, response, and recovery resources.

Public Health Practices Resource Guide
Resources for enhancing emergency preparedness response and response for at-risk populations, behavioral health, pandemics, bioterrorism, radiation emergencies, and more.

WI Emergency Management's site with readiness information, emergency kit, and planning tools. Includes pandemic planning.

Readiness information for individuals and businesses for all types of disasters. Planning tools and disaster kit materials.

Readiness and planning information from Ready.gov in Spanish.

Readiness and planning information specific to Native American tribes.

Summer Safety: Heat and the Elderly (YouTube video)
Heat during the summer can be rough for anyone, but the elderly and those with limited mobility may be more at risk. Dr. LaVona Traywick, assistant professor-gerontology for the University of Arkansas, provides a few tips to keep your temperature regulated during the summer months.

A partnership of law enforcement, agencies, and older adults focusing on safety and crime prevention for older adults.

Wisconsin Emergency Management

WI Emergency Response Plan

Grants for Disaster and Preparedness Activities

Information on grant funding for preparedness activities and after disasters.

Resources for Individuals, Families, and Caregivers: Personal Preparedness

American Red Cross Homepage
Family, schools, and workplace preparedness tools and resources.

Access to disaster help and resources.

Disaster Planning for Your Pets

Disaster Preparedness Workbook For Seniors, By Seniors

Monthly things you can do to prepare for emergencies. Includes an online tracking program and email updates.

Emergency Communication Services for Military Families: American Red Cross

Family Financial Toolkit
Recovering after a disaster for those financially affected by disasters.

U.S. Fire Administration

Flood Recovery Information and Checklists – North Dakota State University

Independent Living Resources

Just in Case
NFCSP readiness guide and checklist for older adults and caregivers.

Mental Health First Aid
Training to help communities understand and respond to mental illness and psychiatric emergencies.

Online Preparedness Plans for Individuals and Businesses

Pet Preparedness
Fact sheets for large and small animals, livestock, reptiles, and birds – Palo Alto Humane Society.

Preparing for Power Outages for Those With Electric Medical Devices

Publications: It Could Happen to Me and The Calm Before the Storm, Family Conversations about Disaster Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Dementia

Recovering After a Disaster: American Red Cross
Get assistance recovering from disasters and locate loved ones.

Wildfire Preparedness and Evacuation Guide – Truckee, California

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

The Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) provides crisis counseling, support and information, and referral services to individuals and their families who are struggling to recover from any natural or man-made disaster, incident of mass violence, or any event that can cause significant psychological distress. Disaster behavioral health preparedness and responce resources. The Helpline, available 24/7 and year-round, assists other service providers with localized outreach efforts in states and localities before, during, and after significant or major disasters.

You can also text the helpline by texting TalkWithUs to 66746; Spanish speakers can text "Hablanos". It is also available though Facebook and Twitter.

Resources for Professionals in the Workplace

Cybersecurity Awareness: Stop. Think. Connect.

Disability.gov’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery new

FAST (Functional Assessment Service Teams)
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS) is leading a statewide initiative to identify; recruit; and train state, regional, and local FASTs in support of local and tribal government in sheltering people who have been displaced from their homes during a disaster.

Influenza and pandemic planning materials.

Preparedness Planning for Businesses
Tools for businesses to plan, implement, and practice emergency readiness plans for natural disasters to widespread workplace illnesses.

The Resilient Organization - TechSoup.org
Tools for disaster planning & recovery for all your technology.

Functional Needs of People with Disabilities
A guide for emergency managers, planners, and responders.

Planning for Active Shooter/Dangerous Person Incidents
Prepare My Business, U.S. Small Business Administration – Webinars
Prepare Your Workplace and Employees: American Red Cross

Tips for Evacuating Vulnerable People

ADA Considerations in Planning

ADA Best Practices Toolkit
ADA checklist for emergency management policies, procedures, and shelters.

Emergency Planning for People With Hearing and Visual Impairments – U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Functional and Accessible Needs and Resources and Toolkit
Planning for full inclusive disaster planning. Information on alternative notification systems and other accessibility considerations. Includes a planning toolkit linked directly below.

Functional Needs Planning Toolkit

Making Emergency Response ADA Accessible: Guide for Local Governments - Dept. of Justice
Making emergency response ADA-accessible; guide for local governments.

Nobody Left Behind: Disaster Preparedness Materials for Persons With Mobility Impairments
Resources for individuals and business planning, ADA and other law considerations, and mapping and assessment of disability populations.

Training and Webinars

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): FEMA

Formidable Footprint: Tabletop Exercises
A national community/neighborhood tabletop emergency exercise series.

National Incident Management Systems and Incident Command Online Courses: FEMA Independent Study

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
Online training courses

Free online emergency preparedness training courses.

Volunteers in Disasters

FAQs About Liability Issues Including Cost, Coverage, and Volunteer Conduct
National and Community Service Resource Center for Volunteers in Disasters
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters: National

Volunteer Surge Management Curriculum: Toolkit

Wisconsin Statewide Volunteer Registry WEAVR

*See the volunteerism page (new page) for general volunteer information.


We Can Do Better: Lessons Learned for Protecting Older Persons in Disasters - AARP 2006

Note: Users of this page should be aware that resources described may change or move locations at any time. People are encouraged to archive any resources they find particularly useful. If an error message is displayed after using one of the links provided, please inform GWAAR so it may be corrected.