Resources for At-Risk Individuals

The U.S. 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, click here.

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 Rappahannock Area 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

Topic: Source:
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)

Older Adults

Topic: Source:
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:

Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions

Topic: Source:
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

Topic: Source:
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

Topic: Source:
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:

Pregnant Women

Topic: Source:
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)