Wisconsin county and tribal aging programs can get support and technical assistance in the area of emergency preparedness by contacting GWAAR’s Emergency Preparedness Team (or E-Team) which includes Jayne Mullins and Carrie Porter.
The following resources are for county and tribal aging program staff:
Best Practices (submit your plans or committee structures to be put here)
General Preparedness Resources
Grants for Disaster and Preparedness Activities
Resources for Professionals and Organizations
Resources for Individuals, Families, and Caregivers
ADA Considerations in Planning
Training and Webinars
Volunteers in Disasters
Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing Protection During All-Hazards Emergencies (CDC)
A cross-sector guide offering strategies and best practices for identifying individuals who may need assistance during an emergency.
September is National Preparedness Month PowerPoint
It’s the perfect time to plan those activities identified in your upcoming three-year plan cycle. This PowerPoint will assist you in getting started so that you, those you work with, and those who depend on the services you provide are prepared should disaster strike. As the material states: we urge you to do something meaningful, measurable, and visible this year.
Talks about the neighborhood preparedness parties.
Map your neighborhood initiative.
See the elderly nutrition program page (new page) for materials specific to emergency planning for nutrition programs.
AIRS Alliance of I & R Systems: Disaster Resources
I&R disaster resources including mutual aid MoUs.
American Red Cross: Preparedness Fast Facts for All Types of Disasters
Preparedness handouts/inserts for all types of disasters in English and Spanish.
Department of Homeland Security
Preparedness, response, and recovery resources.
WI Emergency Management's site with readiness information, emergency kit, and planning tools. Includes pandemic planning.
Readiness information for individuals and businesses for all types of disasters. Planning tools and disaster kit materials.
Readiness and planning information from Ready.gov in Spanish.
Readiness and planning information specific to Native American tribes.
Summer Safety: Heat and the Elderly (YouTube video)
Heat during the summer can be rough for anyone, but the elderly and those with limited mobility may be more at risk. Dr. LaVona Traywick, assistant professor-gerontology for the University of Arkansas, provides a few tips to keep your temperature regulated during the summer months.
A partnership of law enforcement, agencies, and older adults focusing on safety and crime prevention for older adults.
Administration on Aging Grants
Grants for areas impacted by a President-declared disaster.
Information on grant funding for preparedness activities and after disasters.
Access to disaster help and resources.
Monthly things you can do to prepare for emergencies. Includes an online tracking program and email updates.
American Red Cross Homepage
Family, schools, and workplace preparedness tools and resources.
Just in Case
NFCSP readiness guide and checklist for older adults and caregivers
Scroll to the bottom for tip sheets for individuals with disabilities, medical conditions, psychiatric, cognitive, or mobility impairments, using life support systems, and more.
Recovering After a Disaster: American Red Cross
Get assistance recovering from disasters and locate loved ones.
Mental Health First Aid
Training to help communities understand and respond to mental illness and psychiatric emergencies.
The Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) provides crisis counseling, support and information, and referral services to individuals and their families who are struggling to recover from any natural or man-made disaster, incident of mass violence, or any event that can cause significant psychological distress. Disaster behavioral health preparedness and responce resources. The Helpline, available 24/7 and year-round, assists other service providers with localized outreach efforts in states and localities before, during, and after significant or major disasters.
FAST (Functional Assessment Service Teams)
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS) is leading a statewide initiative to identify; recruit; and train state, regional, and local FASTs in support of local and tribal government in sheltering people who have been displaced from their homes during a disaster.
Influenza and pandemic planning materials.
Preparedness Planning for Businesses
Tools for businesses to plan, implement, and practice emergency readiness plans for natural disasters to widespread workplace illnesses.
Functional Needs of People with Disabilities
A guide for emergency managers, planners, and responders.
Making Emergency Response ADA Accessible: Guide for Local Governments - Dept. of Justice
Making emergency response ADA-accessible; guide for local governments.
ADA Best Practices Toolkit
ADA checklist for emergency management policies, procedures, and shelters.
Formidable Footprint: Tabletop Exercises
A national community/neighborhood tabletop emergency exercise series.
Free online emergency preparedness training courses.
Public-private partnerships for the collaboration to strengthen disaster response and recovery (includes a list of PPP around WI).
*See the volunteerism page (new page) for general volunteer information.