People with disabilities are 2 to 4 times more likely to die or sustain a critical injury during a disaster than people without disabilities.
In 2016, the Autism Society Inland Empire started its Safety and Disaster Preparedness Initiative. We have provided training to law enforcement officers, families, and individuals with developmental disabilities. Topics range from building a safety plan, being prepared for a disaster, active shooter training, interacting with law enforcement, using a fire extinguisher, what to do during an earthquake, hands-only CPR, and more.
We are grateful for the financial support from LISTOS California and the Inland Empire Community Foundation in 2020 to expand our outreach into the I/DD community to help our families prepare for natural disasters such as fires and earthquakes. The Listos (Ready) California Emergency Preparedness Campaign is a new campaign to connect at least one million of the most vulnerable Californians.
The Autism Society Inland Empire is working with subject matter experts on this project to help individuals and families know where to find life-saving resources and to prepare to survive a disaster.
We are so proud of these PEER Trainers! We put a call out to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. They have spent so much time learning this material so they can teach our community to be safe. Thank you to Erica Aguilar, Adrian Castillo, Jordan Ibarra, Eric Ramirez, and Thomas Cameron-Stuart for their dedication to LISTOS Training. These young adults spent hours training so they can help our community be a safer place for all. Show your love and appreciation by liking or sharing the video!
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- Paul Timmons, “Disaster Preparedness and Response: The Special Needs of Older Americans,” Statement for the Record, Special Committee on Aging, U.S. Senate, September 20, 2017, available www.aging.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/SCA_Timmons_09_20_17.pdf