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Emergency Preparedness for Arkansans with Disabilities

In Arkansas, nobody wants to think about experiencing a natural disaster like a tornado, flood, ice storm or house fire. What would you do if you found yourself in an emergency situation?

It’s important to plan ahead. Especially if you have a disability, or are a caregiver for someone who does. We’ve put together a checklist that can help you prepare for the worst.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist (English)

Lajraak Kein Jerbal Nan Idriñ (Marshallese) – Our emergency preparedness checklist in Marshallese

Lista de verificación de Preparación para Emergencias (Spanish) – Our emergency preparedness checklist in Spanish

Feeling Safe, Being Safe – A personal emergency plan workbook. Many individuals and families are unprepared to respond to emergency situations and natural disasters. Emergency management professionals promote personal preparedness planning as a best practice measure. Feeling Safe, Being Safe tools show how to make a personal plan and emergency kit. Click the links below to access these tools.

Feeling Safe, Being Safe Tool (English)

Sentirse Seguro, Estar Seguro Herramienta (Spanish) – Our Feeling Safe, Being Safe workbook in Spanish

  Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Resources 

  Protect yourself from contracting ANY virus by practicing healthy habits!

  • Wash hands often
  • Keep your distance from others in public
  • Stay home if you are sick


 Use these resources to help be prepared or get information from a professional:

  • Influenza (Flu, the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness. Flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.

  • Coronavirus (Covid, COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) is a viral respiratory disease. SARS is an airborne virus and can spread through small droplets of saliva in a similar way to the cold and influenza.

  • If you are experiencing illness you think may be symptoms of influenza (the flu) or coronavirus (Covid) and your situation is NOT critical, please stay at home and call your primary care physician for further instruction. 
  • Is this an Emergency? If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

  • If you want to get the Flu (influenza) shot, make your plan and find a location. To find more information on Influenza (the flu) click here. You can get the shot at many local pharmacies or healthcare clinics, including your local health unit of the Arkansas Department of Health. See this map for more information

  • If you want to get the Coronavirus (Covid) shot, make your plan and find a location here .

Arkansas Department of Health
Coronavirus/Covid Info 
Influenza/Flu Info
Call 501-661-2000 or 800-462-0599

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
About Coronavirus/Covid
About Influenza/Flu
Call 800-232-4636

Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness Resources

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and hurricanes. 

Winter/Cold Weather Emergency Preparedness Resources

Stay safe when extreme winter weather is possible! Prepare now. Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Be ready in case your community is without utilities or other services for long periods of time. Here are some resources that may be helpful:

CDC Be Ready for Winter Weather Infographic

FEMA – How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Red Cross Winter Storm Safety List

Additional Emergency Resources

You can go to Ready.Gov at anytime to obtain emergency preparedness information. Other links:

Be Informed video:
Build a kit video:
Make a plan video:

Emergency Contacts 

FEMA Region VI
FRC 800 North Loop 288
Denton, TX 76209
(877) 336-2627

Follow FEMA Region 6 on Twitter: @FEMARegion6

Region VI=Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, & Texas

American Red Cross
401 S. Monroe St.
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 748-1000
Red Cross Toll Free: 1 (800) 733-2767

Red Cross Shelters | Central Arkansas Now

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM)
Building 9501
Camp Joseph T. Robinson
North Little Rock, AR 72199
(501) 683-6700
Follow ADEM on Twitter: ‎@AR_Emergencies

Local Emergency Management Coordinators  A document with a list of local coordinators – find your county and get to know your local coordinator. Make sure they know you and about your specific needs in an emergency or in an evacuation.

ADEM Area Coordinators (Arkansas Emergency Managers) Visit the ADEM website to learn more. The list below is current as of 01/10/2024.

Central Area (Counties: Marion, Baxter, Searcy, Stone, Van Buren, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, White, Perry, Pulaski, Lonoke, Prairie, Saline, Grant)

Clay Bewley

(501) 683-6700

Northwest Area (Counties: Benton, Carroll, Boone, Washington, Madison, Newton, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Sebastian, Logan, Scott, Yell)

Brad Thomas

(501) 683-6700

Northeast Area (Counties: Fulton, Randolph, Clay, Izard, Sharp, Lawrence, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Craighead, Poinsett, Mississippi, Woodruff, Cross, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee)

Jeff Jones

(501) 935-3094

Southwest Area (Counties: Polk, Montgomery, Garland, Hot Spring, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Clark, Little River, Hempstead, Nevada, Miller, Lafayette, Columbia)

Cecil McGee

(501) 683-6700

Southeast Area (Counties: Monroe, Jefferson, Arkansas, Phillips, Dallas, Cleveland, Lincoln, Desha, Ouachita, Calhoun, Bradley, Drew, Union, Ashley, Chicot)

LeeAnn Smith

(870) 534-1534

Additional Helpful numbers and links:

United Way Fort Smith Area: Sign up to volunteer or Donate:

Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:

Salvation Army: (479) 783-6145

Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT)
10324 Interstate 30
Little Rock, AR 72209

I Drive Arkansas, call or text 501-569-2374, or visit

Smart 911

Plan Ahead for Any Emergency!  Give 9-1-1 the information they need to help you fast.

With Smart911, you can provide 9-1-1 call takers and first responders critical information you want them to know in any kind of emergency.

When you call 9-1-1, your Smart911 Safety Profile displays on the 9-1-1 screen and the 9-1-1 call takers can view your addresses, medical information, home information, description of pets, service animals, vehicles, and emergency contacts. You can provide as much or as little information as you like.

Don’t Get Left Behind!

During a disaster, at-risk individuals with access and functional needs require additional help before, during, and after an incident. With Smart911, at-risk individuals can sign up and share their medical and access and functional needs requirements with their community’s emergency managers. This online portal of at-risk residents helps emergency managers better plan and identify residents in need of assistance during a disaster.

Residents provide any information they wish to share during emergency planning, response, and recovery efforts. Participation in the access and functional needs registry is strictly voluntary and participants are encouraged to provide the following:

Full name, address, and contact information
Caregiver contact information
Medical conditions and medications
Nature of disability
Pets, service animals, livestock
Home power and utility information
Access to vehicle and ability (or inability) to evacuate

Communities across the country rely on Smart911 to better protect at-risk residents when large-scale emergencies and disasters strike. Don’t get left behind and sign up for Smart911’s access and functional needs registry.

Smart911 is a national service meaning your Smart911 Safety Profile travels with you and is visible to any participating 9-1-1 center nationwide.

SIGN UP NOW, click this link to go to the registration page for Smart 911

Your safety profile is free, private, and secure. Add as much or as little to your profile as you want. It’s up to you, and your information will only be seen if you ever have to call 9-1-1.