In any disaster planned for by emergency management personnel, one in five people encountered will have a disability of some type. With careful planning incorporating input from a broad spectrum of the community, emergency managers can make better decisions.
Deborah Hayes has worked in emergency management and disaster response for more than 10 years for various organizations, including the American Red Cross, FEMA and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
In fact, when survivors were interviewed after the storm, the two primary reasons given for not evacuating were either the person had a disability or was a family member of someone with a disability and stayed behind to act as a caretaker. This means that in any disaster planned for by emergency management personnel, one in five people encountered will have a disability of some type.


This involvement can also assist the emergency manager in identifying organizations or resources within the community that are already used by individuals with disabilities.
Working with the disabled community in the planning process also allows the emergency manager to identify areas of need, particularly in the two most challenging aspects of evacuation: communication and transportation. This information can aid the emergency manager in getting a clearer picture of this segment of the community. Emergency managers should develop relationships with government entities that regularly work with people who have disabilities. Such organizations should also be involved in the planning and information dissemination process as they are usually aware of community resources that might be unknown to the emergency manager.


One of the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and other recent disasters is that the special needs of people with disabilities must be integrated into all aspects of emergency management.



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