Emergency preparedness and planning is important for all members of the community, including planning for individuals with disabilities, access or functional needs.  Emergencies happen quickly and often without warning, so it is important to prepare for such emergencies.

Utah’s Special Needs Registry

The Utah Special Needs Registry allows residents with access and functional needs an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so those agencies can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergencies. The information collected on the registry will not be available to the public, it will only be shared with emergency response agencies to improve their ability to serve.

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities Video

This 5 minute instructional video contains information for individuals with disabilities and individuals with access and functional needs on the importance of preparation for emergencies.

Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities Brochure (Large Print) (Spanish)

Your ability to recover from an emergency tomorrow may depend on the planning and preparation you do today. This guide provides tips which individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and the people who assist and support them, can take to prepare for emergencies before they happen

Creating a Plan

How might a disaster affect me and my family?  What are my family’s personal needs during a disaster?  By evaluating your own individual and family’s needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.

Emergency Communication Plan

Family Emergency Communication Plan

Emergency Communication Plan for Parents (Spanish)

Emergency Communication Plan for Kids 


Make a Kit

Planning for Medical Needs


Fall Back – A Checklist for the End of Daylight Saving Time