Division of Disability and Health Policy

Emergency Preparedness and People with Disabilities

The Division has been involved in national and state efforts to incorporate the needs and priorities of people with disabilities in emergency preparedness and response. 

Click on the links below to find out more about these projects.

1. 2008 Preparedness Assessment of New Mexico Hospitals

Division staff completed a year-long assessment of all hospitals in New Mexico to guage their readiness preparedness in six areas:

  • General Vulnerability and Threat Assessment
  • Pharmaceuticals for Hospital Staff and Family Members
  • Decontamination and Isolation Plans
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hospital Mortuary Planning
  • Target Populations

View or download a copy of the report

View or download a copy of the appendices

2. Preparing Community Provider Agencies for Pandemic Influenza

This PowerPoint presentation describes how agencies working with people with developmental disabillities can prepare themselves for pandemic influenza.

3. Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on People With Disabilities

With funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Division staff participated in an eighteen-month research project in the Gulf States to identify barriers faced by independent living centers and emergency managers in responding the needs of people with disabilities.

4. Tip Sheets For First Responders

5. Second New Mexico State Task Force on Targeted Populations 2006-2009

From 2006 to 2009, Division staff served as members of this Task Force, chartered by the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The Task Force reviewed existing state plans and activities relative to the functional needs of specific populations requiring additional assistance and support in a statewide emergency or disaster.

6. First New Mexico Statewide Task Force on Emergency Preparedness and People with Disabilities 2004-2005

In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, state governments were asked to assess their health-related emergency preparedness planning in light of possible future attacks as well as other types of disasters.

The Division led an eighteen-month effort to convene a Statewide Task Force to assess the needs and priorities of people with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities and make recommendations for changes to policies, programs and services.

View or download a copy of the Task Force Report


Tips for First Responders

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