Able SC Preparedness, Response & Recovery Services

We organize the SC Disability Partners in Disaster Planning Coalition to ensure people with disabilities are being included and receiving equitable services throughout the state in all aspects of emergency planning. We also provide individual services to assist people with disabilities to prepare for emergency disasters, get the resources they need before, during and after emergency disasters. Services offered include the following:

  • Preparedness Services
    • Provide Emergency Preparedness Trainings to the disability community
    • Provide annual Emergency Preparedness Training for staff
    • Stakeholder Trainings and Collaboration
    • Partnership with SC Centers for Independent Living, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, and other organizations serving people with disabilities.
  • Response Services
    • Provide durable medical equipment (canes, walkers, AT chargers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, accessible cots, etc.) of items that were lost or damaged during the emergency.
    • Advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities in emergency shelters and other locations. This includes advocating for equal access to all shelter activities and amenities, including communication, food, sleeping, bedding, etc.
    • Visit shelters to assess for needs of survivors with disabilities, arrange services, and provide I&R.
    • Navigate FEMA, American Red Cross, and other Emergency Services, including providing assistance with FEMA or Red Cross applications.
    • Information and Referral
  • Recovery Services
    • Assists with transitioning back home from shelters.

Able SC also advocates for effective communication via the media during disasters. Please review our Emergency Communication Checklist for the media, state and local government, and visit the Southeast ADA Emergency & Severe Weather Resources page for more information.

To learn more about our emergency services, please contact us at

SC Disability Partners in Disaster Planning Coalition

Purpose: SC Disability Partners in Disaster Planning Coalition leads the effort to
coordinate accessible emergency services in South Carolina.

CIL Partners: AccessAbility & Walton Options
Partner Organizations: SCEMD, the Red Cross, SC DHEC, SC DSS

Funding: As part of our State Plan for Independent Living, “South Carolinians with disabilities are prepared for emergencies (natural disasters and pandemics).”

Those interested in learning more about the coalition are invited to contact Able SC Director of Public Health and Disability Integration, Mandy Halloran, at