Further, despite mandates to do so, most disaster planning occurs without the consultation or participation of people with disabilities or disability organizations.This report calls for greater inclusion of these key stakeholders in all types of preparedness efforts to push forward the necessary work that must be done.
President: The National Council on Disability (NCD) is pleased to submit this report, entitled .
Problems with securing accessible temporary housing, failure of insurance to cover disability-specific needs and gaps in federal assistance, loss of access to health care, and disruption to caregiver networks all undermine the abilities of people with disabilities to return home.
Mitigation efforts represent the single best strategy to reduce the impacts of disasters.
Efforts to redress this situation require the involvement of voluntary organizations to mitigate risk at the household level, as well as federal mandates to involve people with disabilities in mitigation planning, revision of guidance documents to increase accessibility in safe rooms, and funding to provide disability-specific mitigation measures.
Emergency managers and voluntary organizations often work side by side in a disaster context to provide relief and recovery assistance.