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Resources on Emergency Evacuation and Disaster Preparedness

Authors: United States Access Board


Here is the opening paragraph from this September/October 2001 edition of the US Access Board's newsletter Access Currents:

"During the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, two men carried a woman who uses a wheelchair down 68 flights to safety moments before the tower collapsed. Other stories have shed light on hardships people with disabilities faced in the aftermath of the crisis, including difficulties they encountered in accessing various relief services. The tragic events of this September have brought into focus the importance of taking into account the needs of all persons, including those with disabilities, in preparing for, and responding to, disasters and emergencies. Accessibility information on emergency egress, evacuation planning, and disaster preparedness is available from a variety of sources."

Click on the "Web Links" tab to view the entire article online, it reviews how the Access Board's ADA Accessibility Guidelines inform building designs that facilitate evacuation of persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on those who have physical disabilities. The article also has tips on evacuation planning, and concludes with a listing of national organizations that can help.

Contact Info:
Organization:The Access Board
Address:1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20004
Phone:(800) 872-2253 (v) (800) 993-2822 (TTY)
Fax:(202) 272-0081

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