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Resources for At-Risk Individuals


Children | Older Adults | Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions | Limited English Proficiency or Non-English Speaking | Individuals with Functional Needs | Pregnant Women

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed the following definition of at-risk individuals: “Before, during, and after an incident, members of at-risk populations may have additional needs in one or more of the following functional areas: communication, medical care, maintaining independence, supervision, and transportation. In addition to those individuals specifically recognized as at-risk in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (i.e., children, senior citizens, and pregnant women), individuals who may need additional response assistance include those who have disabilities, live in institutionalized settings, are from diverse cultures, have limited English proficiency or are non-English speaking, are transportation disadvantaged, have chronic medical disorders, and have pharmacological dependency.” For more information, visit http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/abc/Pages/at-risk.aspx.

The information on this page is intended to provide information and resources for individuals who may meet the HHS definition of being at-risk. The Prince William Health District considers the needs of all individuals in the community during emergency planning efforts. Inclusive planning from the beginning increases the community’s resiliency and increases the capacity to meet a wide range of disaster related needs utilizing existing resources and reducing dependence on acute medical resources for maintaining health, safety and independence while preventing discrimination. Personal responsibility before, during and after a disaster applies to people who have functional needs just as it applies to people without functional needs. Although ability varies from person to person, education and outreach efforts, information and tools must be made available, achievable and accessible to everyone.

Children

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Caring for Children in a Disaster

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Emergency Preparedness for Children

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Disaster Supply Kit for Infants and Toddlers

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)

Talking to Children about Terrorism

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


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Older Adults

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Personal Preparedness for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Disaster Supply Kit for Older Virginians

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)

Administration on Aging Resources for Individuals, Families and Caregivers

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Aging

Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans / Prepararse tiene sentido para losciudadanos estadounidenses mayores

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Check out this video from FEMA:


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Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions

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Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis / Prepárese para Emergencias: Una guía para personas en dialysis

Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER)

Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on Dialysis

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Planning Checklist for Persons with Medical Needs Living at Home, Their Family Members, Guardians and Caregivers

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Information for People with Medicare and Medicaid and Their Providers

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Limited English Proficiency or Non-English Speaking

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Índice Informativo de la Epidemiología (Epidemiology Fact Sheets in Spanish)

Virginia Department of Health (VDH)

Listo Virginia – Espanol

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)

Listo.gov – Espanol

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Ready Campaign – Other Languages

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Emergency Preparedness Resources for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Other Languages

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Individuals with Functional Needs

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Personal Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities: Sheltering in Place and Evacuation

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Disaster Supply Kit for Individuals with Special Needs

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)

Individuals with Access and Functional Needs

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Accessible Emergency Information

Northeast Texas Public Health District

Emergency Preparedness Resources from Disability.gov

Federal Government

FEMA Office of Disability Integration & Coordination

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Preparedness Information for People with Disabilities

American Public Health Association, Get Ready Campaign

Instructional Videos in American Sign Language (ASL)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Check out this video from FEMA:


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Pregnant Women

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Emergency Preparedness for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health

Information for Pregnant Women

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Information for Pregnant Women on Specific Emergencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Last Updated: 05-08-2013

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