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Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Resources

Emergency Preparedness is community readiness activities, programs, and systems development prior to an emergency; which promotes community resiliency.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives

Disability-Specific Information for Emergency Preparedness

Durable Medical Equipment Exchange

Emergency Preparedness - How to Prepare

Emergency Preparedness Documents

National Emergency Preparedness and Relief Resources

Pathfinder Emergency Preparedness Resources

Smart 911

A free service which allows families to register important disability/medical information to their local Emergency Communication Center. In case of an emergency, the Emergency Communication dispatcher will be able to see a description of a persons disability, special rescue notes and current location on-screen. EMS, police and fire fighters can arrive on the scene prepared to help families/persons with disabilities. Information is private and secure. Service may not be available in all areas.

Tennessee Emergency Preparedness and Relief Resources

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

Printable Materials and Resources


  • Video: Coping After the Flood: A Community Forum
    The VKC held a community forum Wednesday, May 26, to help individuals with disabilities and their families cope with the aftermath of the recent floods. Family members shared their experience of coping with the loss of their home during a natural disaster, and a panel of health care professionals presented resources and tips for coping with stress.