Peer-Mentored Prep program improves disaster preparedness among adults with I/DD

By David Paul Eisenman, MD
UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters

Disasters are increasing and very few adults with intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) who live independently in the community are prepared. They lack emergency supplies, extra medicines, a plan for communicating with their loved ones, and support network.

What did you do in your research?
We designed and tested a program for helping adults with I/DD get prepared for disasters. It is called Peer-Mentored Prep (PM-Prep). PM-Prep Program is comprised of four 2-hour classes co-led by a health educator and peer-mentor with I/DD.

What did you find out?
We found that adults who attended the sessions learned about how to be safe in a disaster, and how to prepare for a disaster. After the course, more of them had an emergency communication plan, 3 gallons of extra water, a first aid kit, a flashlight with batteries, a 3 day supply of food, a list of emergency contact phone numbers written down, and shoes by the bedside.

What are the take-home messages?
Let's get EVERYONE prepared for disasters using PM-Prep! We can use the set of slides and the exercises that go with it. We'd be glad to help.

To learn more about these findings contact
David Eisenman or visit Project Website.

Full Journal Article
Eisenman, D.P., Bazzano, A., Koniak-Griffin, D., Tseng, C., Lewis, M., Lamb, K., & Lehrer, D. (2014). Peer-Mentored Preparedness (PM-Prep): A New Disaster Preparedness Program for Adults Living Independently in the Community. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52(1), 49-59.