Emergency Preparedness and Disability Inclusion

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AUCD’s National Center on Disability in Public Health has established the Emergency Preparedness and Inclusion Community of Practice. This group was created to discuss public health efforts and cross-sector strategies to develop effective emergency planning that is inclusive of individuals with disabilities. This community of practice included participation from various subject matter experts within the AUCD network and state partners in CDC’s Disability and Health State Programs.

AUCD has expanded its emergency preparedness efforts to make sure communities that have been excluded from climate conversations and decision-making tables are leading the way to equitable climate solutions. As part of this community of practice, members collaborated to develop factsheets focused on highlighting climate-related health impacts and efforts to include individuals with disabilities in emergency planning. Learn more about this topic highlighted during the National Preparedness Month of September 2022. To learn more about the Emergency Preparedness Community of Practice, please contact Jordan Kerr, BSPH, Program Specialist, Public Health.


Disability inclusive disaster preparedness https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/emergencypreparedness.html

Climate and the health of people with disabilities  https://www.epa.gov/climate-change/climate-change-and-health-people-disabilities

Climate and Health https://www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth/default.htm

Adaptation planning for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion https://www.apha.org/Topics-and-Issues/Climate-Change/JEDI

State Factsheets


This project was funded by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Disability and Health Promotion Branch; and the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Supports (CSTLTS), Cooperative agreement# NU38OT000280

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