CPD: Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Emergency Preparedness Toolkit, Tools, and Resources

The Emergency Preparedness Toolkit includes information about evacuation and escape planning, including evacuation procedures and devices. It also includes all the tools and resources listed individually below.

Toolkit Resources in Other Formats


The Emergency Preparedness Toolkit audio files
*Please note: Pages 19 through 23 are not currently available. Information referenced on these pages can be found at Texas A&M University's Tips for First Responders.


A limited number of copies of the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit are available in Braille. For more information on obtaining a copy, contact the interim DHS staff support person, Ashley Walker.

Toolkit Resources in Other Languages

Emergency Preparedness Toolkit in Spanish

*Toolkit resources listed above were translated into Spanish using the May 2018 version of the toolkit.

Emergency Preparedness Presentations

See Council members present on the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit. Visit the Independence First website, create a username and password, and watch the Be Prepared Have a Plan Webinar Training. Videos are closed-captioned.

About the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

This toolkit is a product of years of work by past and present members of the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities. After witnessing what happened to people with physical disabilities in the wake of hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the Council knew more work needed to be done to ensure the safety and protect the lives of people, especially those with physical disabilities, before and during emergencies and natural disasters.

Emergency Preparedness Toolkit Press Release - September 5, 2017 - Press Release

The Emergency Preparedness Toolkit was originally developed by the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf in partnership with the Wisconsin Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities expresses gratitude to the Association for allowing them to utilize these materials and to modify them to address the needs of people with physical and other disabilities.

The Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities Emergency Preparedness Toolkit serves as a resource tool providing all people, particularly those individuals with physical or other disabilities, emergency preparedness information including tips, checklists, wallet card, visual communications tool, and other resources to be prepared and have a plan for emergencies and natural disasters.

The Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities and the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf disclaim any liability for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, losses, or expenses arising in connection with your use of or inability to use the this toolkit, or in connection with any failure of acts related to disaster or emergency preparedness.

If you are interested in Council members presenting on the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit at your meeting, conference, or other community meeting/event, please contact the interim DHS staff support person, Ashley Walker.

Last Revised: March 22, 2021

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.