Impact: Feature Issue on Disaster Preparedness and People with Disabilities

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A newsletter issue addressing the need for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. When disasters occur people with disabilities are often among those most in harm's way. In many cases this is because the planning and processes in place to respond to disasters and emergencies haven't made adequate provision for people with disabilities. Through personal stories, reflections on lessons learned from previous disasters, reviews of what works and doesn't work in policies and procedures, and a variety of preparedness checklists this issue gives readers information they can use to evaluate and improve disaster preparedness where they live, work, and participate in their communities. Whether it's doing personal emergency planning, organizing neighbors into a circle of support for one another in case of an emergency, ensuring that local and state disaster planning agencies include input from people with disabilities, or evaluating the disaster preparedness of the agency or organization in which we work, we can each take steps to make sure that when the next disaster or emergency occurs, no one is left behind.

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