Disabilities, Access, and Functional Needs Support
The Office of Emergency Management supports the emergency preparedness and response needs of students with disabilities, access and functional needs.
Emergency Evacuation Procedures for the Physically Challenged Emergency Survival Program Guide Evacuation Guide (NFPA) Tips for Evacuating Vulnerable Populations Emergency Communication 4 All: Picture Communication Aid (English) Emergency Communication 4 All: Picture Communication Aid (Spanish) Emergency Preparedness for Children with Special Needs - Seattle Children's Hospital Children with Special Health Care Needs: Emergency Information Form (ACEP) Planning for the Whole Community (FEMA) Emergency Plan for Students with Special Needs (Marin County Schools) Personal Emergency Evacuation Planning Tool for School Students with Disabilities (NFPA)Feeling Safe, Being Safe disaster preparedness program developed by and for people with developmental disabilities.LAUSD RESOURCES:Evac+Chair
Evac Chairs are currently provided through the STairway Emergency Evacuation for Disabilities (STEED) program. The District is purchasing an Evac Chair for each multiple story school to facilitate safe and effective emergency evacuation for all students, regardless of physical ability. An Evac Chair allows students with disabilities and health conditions to evacuate using the stairways in an emergency, providing disaster equity and access for our students. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has created the STEED program to manage the shipping of Evac Chairs to schools and conducting the initial necessary training for school staff. The STEED program will end December 2023.STEED resources:A rechargable power unit is provided to schools that have students who use a ventilator to provide emergency charging power for the ventilator battery. View the User Manual, video, and webpage on the rechargeable units for more details.
Please note the following requirements for schools that receive the rechargeable emergency power unit:
A one-hour presentation is available: "Assisting Students with Disabilities in an Emergency". Topics include a variety of evacuation techniques and other emergency considerations. This topic is also now available as a four-hour workshop.The LAUSD Emergency Preparedness for Students with Disabilities Tips and Checklist resource is designed to help schools plan for the disaster needs of students with a variety of disabilities and types of support.Contact OEM at 213-241-3889 or OEM@lausd.net for assistance with the above needs.
- Sign for the unit upon delivery.
- Charge the unit when received.
- Recharge the unit every 3 months.
- Evacuate the unit every time the student evacuates the building during an emergency or drill.
- Store the unit indoors in a location that can be accessed for evacuation.
- Use the unit indoors or outdoors as needed. It does not create fumes or noise. Unit is not waterproof and should be protected from the elements when used outdoors.
- Notify OEM for pick up of the unit when the student no longer attends the school.