Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness is a major focus of activity for DCAB’s Planning and ADA Coordination Unit. Recent events with Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita have shown that government response systems and plans inadequately address the needs of persons with disabilities. Hawaii State Civil Defense, the DCAB, and the State Department of Health convened a workgroup to develop a plan to address emergency preparedness for people with disabilities in the State of Hawaii. The workgroup, comprised of State, county and private agencies, developed the “2009 Interagency Action Plan for Emergency Preparedness of Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs.” This plan is a starting point and addresses the defined targeted population with a focus on sheltering. Emergency preparedness information for persons with disabilities is available at the links below.

Hawaii Resources


National Resources