Included in this section are resources providing guidelines and recommendations intended to increase the ability of domestic and sexual violence organizations (see “For DV/SA Organizations”) and the individuals they serve (see “For Victims/Survivors”) to better prepare for a major emergency or disaster.
Local domestic and sexual assault programs are encouraged to contact their respective state’s coalition to inquire about existing sample policies and procedures for disaster and emergency preparedness. For a complete list of up-to-date contact information for all domestic and sexual violence coalitions across the United States and its Territories, click here: http://www.vawnet.org/links/state-coalitions.php.
This publication offers policy and practical guidelines for implementing gender-sensitive risk reduction efforts.
This packet provides a variety of sample policies and procedures that programs can adapt to help address disaster preparedness.
WCSAP Manager’s Viewpoint: Disaster Resilience: Emergency Planning and Recovery for Sexual Assault Programs
This guidebook focuses on the increase in violence against women that results from a disaster, and how women’s service agencies can better prepare to meet the ensuing extra demand for service.
Responding to Domestic Violence in Disaster: Guidelines for Women's Services and Disaster Practitioners
This report summarizes the findings of a study investigating disaster impacts, preparedness and response in US and Canadian domestic violence programs. As a pilot study for future research, the survey provides baseline data and identifies emergent issues.
This publication offers readers important information about sexual violence and disasters that will help communities to understand the connection and develop better disaster responses. Includes a 2-page fact sheet based on the material in the guide.
This outline by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) provides guidance to local centers on disaster planning to ensure that domestic violence services continue statewide, uninterrupted, despite the occurrence of a disaster.
This page provides information on emergency preparedness as it relates to individuals with disabilities. Key areas discussed in the document are 1) preparation, 2) notification and evacuation, 3) sheltering and interim services, and 4) recovery.
This document provides guidelines for making shelters safe for transgender evacuees.
This document provides information related to public health emergency and bioterrorism preparedness and response training for tribal personnel.
Prairie Women Prepared for Disaster: An Emergency Planning Guide for Women’s Community Organizations
This webpage provides step by step guidance on how to take preparedness actions in the case of public health emergencies including pandemic influenza.
This page provides information to assist pregnant women to prepare for an emergency or disaster.
Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK): Strengthen Your Financial Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies
The EFFAK is a flexible tool designed to help individuals and families at all income levels collect and secure the documentation they would need to get on the road to recovery without unnecessary delays, should disaster strike.
This booklet offers information to individuals with disabilities and other special needs on how to prepare a disaster emergency plan.
This page provides helpful information on how to keep pets safe in natural disasters or everyday emergencies.