Functional Needs

While being prepared for disasters and emergencies is important for all individuals, it is even more critical for those with functional needs who may need assistance during an emergency. The following information provides emergency preparedness tips for individuals with functional needs and their caregivers.

Emergency Kit

Refer to this Disaster Supplies Kit checklist when assembling the items you need to stay safe during and after a disaster. Consider keeping additional kits at work and in your vehicle(s).

Health Card

Print and cut out this convenient Emergency Health Information Card. Fill in your information and your emergency contact information. Carry it with you at all times near your drivers license or ID card so it is readily available in the event of an emergency.

American Sign Language Messages

FEMA offers an ASL video with answers to frequently asked questions about Federal Disaster Assistance.

For Additional Information

How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity

Ready America – Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Disability.Gov Resource Page

Office of Disability Integration and Coordination – FEMA

Preparedness for People with Disabilities - American Red Cross

Emergency management content on the Butte-Silver Bow website was developed drawing heavily from and updating the excellent resources offered on the Ready Illinois website produced by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and partner organizations.