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Emergency Preparedness Initiative Guide
Authors: National Organization on Disability
This Guide highlights key disability concerns to those officials and experts responsible for emergency planning in their communities, and assists them in developing plans that will take into account the needs and insights of people with disabilities before, during and after emergencies. It also is designed to help emergency managers, planners, and responders make the best use of resources to include all citizens of the community in emergency preparedness plans. This Guide is neither a comprehensive emergency preparedness document nor a special needs plan in itself. Rather, it is intended to summarize issues that are critical to the needs of people with disabilities who live in communities all across America - issues that, if thoughtfully considered ahead of time, will make emergency management efforts easier and more effective when disaster arrives.
In this Guide are steps that every emergency preparedness manager can consider in ensuring that the needs and situations of people with disabilities are taken into account in all four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. N.O.D. encourages every jurisdiction to develop and customize a plan for its own community in light of the area's specific hazards, its unique population, and its resources available for emergencies.
This document does not propose costly and time-consuming new initiatives, or an entirely separate set of emergency procedures for people with disabilities. It is a call to make sure that the interests of people with disabilities are made a full and enduring part of emergency preparedness efforts - and that community members with disabilities have just as much opportunity as citizens without disabilities to prepare for and survive an emergency.
|Organization:||National Organization on Disability|
|Address:||910 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Suite 600|
Washington, DC 20006
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The National Organization on Disability's Emergency Preparedness Initiative
Link to the full guide
Home Page for the National Organization on Disability
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