SEPTEMBER IS PREPAREDNESS MONTH
BECOME PREPAREDNESS READY!
We urge everyone to become “Preparedness Ready” for any urgent situation, which means assembling an emergency kit, making an emergency plan, and being informed. In addition, people with disabilities, and their caregivers, may benefit from the tips below about managing communications, equipment, service animals and pets.
- Meet with Your Family/Personal Care Attendants/Building Manager: Review any community hazards that you are aware of (there may be some that are unknown to you) and discuss your family’s emergency plans.
- If you have a communication disability make sure your emergency information says the best way to communicate with you. If you use an augmentative communications device or other assistive technologies, plan how you will evacuate with the devices or how you will replace equipment if lost or destroyed. Keep model numbers and note where the equipment came from (Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, etc.).
- If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity, talk to your doctor or health care provider about how you can prepare for its use during a power outage.
- Be prepared with food, extra water, ID tags, veterinarian records, and other supplies for your pet or service animal.
As of May 15, 2014, the 4 largest wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) have voluntarily made available text-to-911 upon request by the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). The Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) has adopted policies and instructions for the implementation of text-to-911 to ensure consistency in implementation. The 9-1-1 Regions will be responsible for requesting and implementing text in the 350 PSAPs in the CSEC program administered by the Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs).
The recently adopted policies and instructions for the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) 9-1-1 Programs are available in the Program Policy Statement section. Please refer to PPS 036: Text-to-911, for more information.
To learn more about Text-to-911 we recommend that you visit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website:
Project REDD under the leadership of Dr. Laura Stough has begun to provide resources online for people with disabilities, older adults, and others with functional or access needs. We are updating the site daily and we are working on the REDDy Directory to update and list sources who can also help provide services during this crisis. You can also submit information on the REDDy Site to be included.
The work of the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University is focused on:
- Promoting inclusive and diverse schools and communities.
- Improving education and quality of life outcomes.
- Creating better lives for people with disabilities and their families through education, research, and service.
As a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, we are part of a national network of similar centers across the country.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), located in Silver Spring, Maryland, promotes and supports a national network of interdisciplinary centers on disabilities. The members of AUCD represent every U.S. state and territory, and include:
- 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
- 52 Interdisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs
- 14 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC)
Together, these organizations advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities, in support of independence, productivity, healthy, and satisfying quality of life.