Gender and Vulnerable Populations

FEMA Preparing People with Disabilities Publication
This preparedness booklet, Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a supplement to FEMA's Are You Ready program.
The Community Preparedness Website Project was undertaken to insure that the needs and concerns of vulnerable populations are addressed in the area of emergency preparedness and response. To achieve this, the PrepareNow Web site attempts to integrate community-based organizations into emergency planning and management. Vulnerable populations include (but are not limited to) persons who are physically or mentally disabled, limited or non-English-speaking, geographically or culturally isolated, medically or chemically dependent, homeless, frail/elderly or children, or owners of pets or service animals. The PrepareNow Web site provides a collection of disaster preparedness information in various languages; information on vulnerable populations; links to traditional emergency service providers and other disaster resources; an index of California Community Collaborative Groups; an events calendar; direct e-mail links to Bay Area programs addressing preparedness concerns of special needs populations; sample disaster plans, guides, and checklists; and other disaster preparedness information.
Similar to the PrepareNow site mentioned above, the HELPU Web site is intended to serve all members of the disabled community, their care-givers, attendants, fire and rescue personnel, and emergency services departments. The site offers numerous pages with tips on emergency/disaster preparedness for various hazards.
The National Organization on Disability's Emergency Preparedness Initiative has released this "virtual binder" of materials related to the National Capital Region Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities.

DOT Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities
In response to a 2004 executive order directing federal agencies to support safety and security for individuals with disabilities during disasters, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) launched a Web site containing information to help ensure safe and secure transportation for persons with disabilities in the event of a disaster or emergency. The site includes advice on emergency preparedness, transportation accessibility, and evacuation methods for certain modes of transportation, such as rail and transit systems. Disabled individuals can learn how to react in situations ranging from evacuations of mass transit systems to being trapped in a car during a blizzard or hurricane. It also provides information for transportation providers on how to respond to the unique needs of people with disabilities during an emergency.

Gender and Disaster Sourcebook
The Gender and Disaster Sourcebook is an electronic compilation of international resources on policy, practice, and research designed to address gender concerns in disaster risk reduction. Developed by an international writing team, the sourcebook was supported by the Public Entity Risk Institute and the Pacific Disaster Center of the East-West Center. The sourcebook is available on the Gender and Disaster Network Web site at Readers are invited to submit additional resources from their region and sector as they become available.
This site describes the Nobody Left Behind project, a three-year study by researchers at the University of Kansas on how 30 U.S. counties and cities identified and planned for people with mobility impairments during disasters.

Women’s Participation in Disaster Relief and Recovery
This publication features detailed case studies from three earthquake-stricken areas in India and Turkey that exemplify how low-income women who have lost everything can form groups and become active participants in the relief and recovery process. It discusses how women became involved in housing, created businesses, mobilized funds, and provided crucial community services. It also examines the roles that nongovernmental organizations and government policy and procedures play in facilitating (or impeding) women’s involvement. Available free online from the Population Council.

Benfield Hazards Research Centre - Disabilities and Disasters
The Benfield Hazard Research Centre developed this Web page on disability and disasters. The primary aim is to identify publications and unpublished material on the subject (in print or online), field initiatives, and people working in the field. An annotated list of publications, outlines of known research and field projects, and details of key contacts will be updated periodically on this Web page. This work will be ongoing. Details of publications, initiatives, and people working in the field are therefore welcome.

Ready New York for Seniors and People with Disabilities
As part of its ongoing effort to help all New Yorkers better prepare for emergencies, the New York City Office of Emergency Management has released Ready New York for Seniors and People with Disabilities.