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Monday, May 21, 2012

National Disability Rights Network and Emergency Management


http://www.ndrn.org/en/issues/disaster-management.html

Disaster Management

Our Position
Disaster_ManagementlargeThe nation learned a painful lesson in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina during which thousands of people with disabilities, seniors, and other vulnerable populations were left behind because no plans for their evacuation had been developed.  Since then, NDRN has been working to ensure that people with disabilities are never forgotten in an emergency again.  NDRN believes disaster management and emergency preparedness plans at the local, state and national level, as well as in the private sector, must include people with disabilities.

Taking Action
DM1MichaelRiegerFEMAIn March, NDRN signed a memorandum of agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will strengthen the Network’s ability to collaborate with officials before, during and after an emergency and ensuring the needs and concerns of individuals with a disability are heard.  Read the agreement here.
Also in March, NDRN reached an agreement with the Red Cross to collaborate on issues affecting the disability community. Read that agreement here.


Resources
April 30, 2010: FEMA Intergovernmental Advisory FEMA Urges Residents to Get Ready for Hurricane Season
October 7, 2009 - 5 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent the Spread of the H1N1 and Seasonal Flu (Department of Health & Human Services)
November 20, 2009: New resources on H1N1 for children and adults with disabilities from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Disability and the Centers for Disease Control.

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