Additional Emergency Preparedness Web Sites

The Autism Society established the Safe and Sound initiative to provide much-needed resources to the autism community on topics such as general safety, emergency preparedness and prevention, and risk management. In addition to the extensive content found on our website, the following sites may be useful:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has a mission to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.

You can download FEMA’s “Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs” for free. For the millions of Americans who have disabilities, emergencies can present unique challenges. This 20-page booklet will help people with disabilities prepare an emergency plan to protect themselves, family, friends, personal care assistant and others in the support network in the event of an emergency. Post the plan where everyone will see it, keep a copy with you and make sure everyone involved in your plan has a copy.


The American Red Cross responds to tens of thousands of disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters each year. Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs.

You can download “Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities”, designed by the American Red Cross to help people who have physical, visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities to prepare for natural disasters and their consequences. This booklet can help you organize a personal disaster plan and includes plans for the care of service animals and/or pets during a disaster; it contains information about disaster preparation for people with disabilities, relevant documents, checklists, guidelines, extra space to use to organize information and other materials.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision-makers with reliable information they need (from daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and marine commerce support) when they need it. Visit the Hurricane Research Division and get U.S., local government, and many more hurricane information links.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increases the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. CDC and the American Red Cross have teamed up to answer common questions and provide step-by-step instructions you can take now to protect you and your loved ones (assemble an emergency supply kit, make your emergency plans, stay informed, and be involved). CDC contributes to national, state and local efforts to prepare for and prevent public health disasters. When a disaster has occurred, CDC is prepared to respond and offer support in order to improve public health outcomes. After response to a disaster has ended, the CDC assists in the recovery and restoration of public health functions.