Free Emergency Preparedness Training for Youth with Disabilities

Planning for emergencies is important for everyone, as we have all been learning in these times of hurricanes, floods, and heavy snows! As awareness of the need to prepare becomes more widespread, planning resources have become available through federal and local avenues, on sites like and Ready Delco.

Preparations can be a bit more complicated if you are living with a disability. provides some additional guidance.

The seminar below is specifically designed to educate youth with disabilities on preparing for disaster. The format will allow time to ask questions and to think about tailoring a plan to your particular situation. If you know someone who may benefit from attending, please pass this on.

Be prepared. It makes for one less thing to worry about!

Youth Power: Building Skills for Personal Emergency Preparedness

Hosted by The Institute on Disabilities
Free, in-person training sessions designed for youth with disabilities (ages 15-21) and their family members.

Choose Montgomery County or Philadelphia:

Monday, April 13, 2015
4 PM – 6:30 PM
Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center
50 Eagleville Road
Eagleville, PA 19403

Saturday, June 6, 2015
10 AM – 12:30 PM
Temple University Student Center
1755 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

What You’ll Learn

This unique training will provide an overview of personal emergency preparedness topics including:

– self-advocacy for requesting reasonable accommodations in emergency shelters
– sheltering in place and evacuation for youth with disabilities who use assistive technology (AT) and durable medical equipment
– how to make a personal evacuation go-kit
– resources for emergency notification

What You’ll Get

Each attendee will receive a free emergency kit backpack (also know as a “go bag” or “emergency kit”), as well as a shopping list to help guide them in gathering supplies for their personalized emergency kit. Attendees will also receive a copy of “My Emergency Readiness Plan-PA” and instruction on how to prepare themselves and the rest of their family for an emergency.

For more information or to register for this free event, click here or contact Jamie A. Prioli at or (215) 204-5974.

This project is funded in part by a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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