Preparedness for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are often at greater risk during an emergency situation, but Fire Corps can play an important role in assisting these individuals in preparing for emergencies. The information below offers ideas for how Fire Corps can better serve those with special needs and help them prepare for natural or man made disasters.

  • Gather data to help emergency responders locate individuals with disabilities in your community.
  • Designate Fire Corps members to periodically check on community members with disabilities in order to assess their needs and provide updated information to their neighbors as well as the local fire/EMS department.
  • Fundraise to help departments acquire necessary equipment to respond to those with special needs.
  • Install hearing-impaired smoke alarms where needed.
  • Work with your department and other emergency organizations within the community to create an evacuation plan for those with disabilities.
  • Make your community aware of the needs of those with disabilities in the event of an emergency.
  • Educate the neighbors of people with disabilities about actions they need to undertake in the event of a fire or evacuation.
  • Create and distribute disaster supply kits specifically tailored to those with special needs.

Fire Corps Opportunities for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

People with disabilities who serve as volunteers in local Fire Corps programs are a great asset and can provide a unique perspective on the specific needs those with disabilities require in times of crisis. These individuals are vital members of their Fire Corps teams and can perform an unlimited number of Fire Corps tasks. These activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Grant Writing
  • Data Entry
  • Fundraising
  • Membership Recruitment
  • Event Planning
  • Website Development
  • Public Fire and Life Safety Education
  • Public Relations
  • Incident Reporting
  • Crisis Counseling and Intervention Services
  • Youth Mentoring
  • Answering Phones and Administrative Duties

To become involved in your local Fire Corps program, visit and help to keep your community safer, stronger, and better prepared.

Additional Links and Resources

The links below provide further information to help your community and local department assist individuals with disabilities and other special needs prepare for emergency situations.

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