Mobility in Emergencies for Persons with Disabilities
As we go to press, evacuation and relief efforts are underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While this Impact issue primarily focuses on meeting everyday transportation needs of persons with developmental and other disabilities, this recent disaster prompts us to also provide readers with the following resources that address emergency preparedness in relation to individuals with mobility and other disability-related needs:
National Organization on Disability (www.nod.org/emergency). This Web site contains extensive resources on N.O.D.’s national Emergency Preparedness Initiative to ensure that people with disabilities are included in emergency preparedness planning, response, and recovery efforts across the country. Also online is information from the 2004 conference titled Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities, and results of a national survey on emergency preparedness and persons with disabilities.
Nobody Left Behind: Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Mobility Impairments (www.rtcil.org/resources.htm). This Web site of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, is designed for consumers, as well as for professionals in the field of emergency preparedness and response. It includes extensive information from organizations and the federal government. Resources are also available by calling 785/864-3791.
Easter Seals Project ACTION (www.projectaction.org). Enter the key word “emergency” in the Search box for a list of disability-related emergency preparedness resources for individuals with disabilities and those who support them, as well as government agencies.
Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu). Citation: Gaylord, V., Abeson, A., Bosk, E., Timmons, J., & Lazarus, S. (Eds.). (2005). Impact: Feature Issue on Meeting Transportation Needs of Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities 18(3). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/183/default.html.