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October 2017

 

‘HORROR’CANES

Storms Impact PWD in Texas and Florida

By Karin Falcone

For the first time in recorded history, two category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the U.S., Hurricane Harvey dumping up to 52 inches of rain in Texas, and 16 days later, Hurricane Irma devastating the Florida Keys and Gulf Coast.

The disabled are among the most vulnerable populations during a catastrophy, and yet there is no one coordinated way for people to get assistance through government resources. Rabia Belt, an assistant professor of law at Stanford writes, “The question is whether the government services provided in disasters actually live up to the ADA mandate. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be the case in many respects.”

A visit to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website suggests it is not designed to provide immediate help to anyone, including the disabled. It advises calling 911 in an emergency, but has a number to call for help filling out the online form to request FEMA assistance. Getting that assistance can take up to 30 days.
Response and Services Vary

Local government response and services can vary widely. While some counties and cities plan in advance, others may not be prepared to handle the unique situations they may encounter. “Emergency preparedness plans may not address the problems that people with disabilities face,” said Belt. “For instance, evacuation busses may not have wheelchair lifts. Click your Able News Edition on the right to Read More

 

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