The Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee (DARAC) is charged with identifying existing needs and emerging issues within the disability community; providing recommendations to the President as to how NFPA can provide leadership on such issues; working to ensure that NFPA’s code and standard development process reflects the latest thinking on disability issues, access provisions and other matters which impact the disability community.
Helping people with disabilities before, during and after disasters. This office helps FEMA deliver the agency’s shared mission of helping people before, during and after disasters in ways that maximize the inclusion of, and accessibility for, people with disabilities.
This video provides an overview of how first responders can interact with disabled community members in case of emergency.
Below is a list of tools that will help your fire department share emergency preparedness resources with the disabled members of your community. Through these links, you will find suggested social media messaging, outreach materials, instruction tips, and much more!
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep people with disabilities safe from home fires. These free materials are yours to use when educating these community members about the importance of practicing home fire safety.
A webpage containing a variety of fire safety videos in American Sign Language from the NFPA. Topics include: Electrical Safety Messages; Heating Safety Messages; Smoking Safety Messages; Cooking Safety Messages; and Home Escape Planning.
The toolkit from the USFA contains content that you can share on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels to increase awareness about fire safety for people with disabilities. You can copy this content or customize it to reach your audience.
The toolkit from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (ready.gov) contains videos, hashtags, recommended social media messages, and other related links to help you increase awareness about disaster preparedness for people with disabilities.
This valuable text is a new resource to start a discussion about the need to include disability education in EMT and paramedic curricula. EMS Response to Patients with Special Needs: Assessment, Treatment and Transport is the first comprehensive resource of its kind to address the emergency prehospital needs of people with disabilities.
This research focuses on the experiences of people with disabilities (PWD) in disaster evacuation and sheltering. The research concludes with a discussion of the access differences PWD faced in those three areas, compared to the general population, that subsequently led to differential experiences of the disaster.
The purpose of this report is to provide guidance to assist designers, facility managers, and fire emergency personnel on how they might improve designs, technologies, and emergency procedures for safer evacuation of occupants with mobility impairments during fire emergencies.