The nation learned a painful lesson in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina during which thousands of people with disabilities, seniors, and other vulnerable populations were left behind because no plans for their evacuation had been developed. Since then, NDRN has been working to ensure that people with disabilities are never forgotten in an emergency again. NDRN believes disaster management and emergency preparedness plans at the local, state and national level, as well as in the private sector, must include people with disabilities.
NDRN has signed an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will strengthen the Networks ability to collaborate with officials before, during and after an emergency and ensuring the needs and concerns of individuals with a disability are heard. Read the agreement here.
NDRN and the Red Cross have also agreed to collaborate on issues affecting the disability community. Read that agreement here.
September 30, 2009 - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the following reports, testimony, and correspondence: Disaster Housing: FEMA Needs More Detailed Guidance and Performance Measures to Help Ensure Effective Assistance after Major Disasters. GAO-09-796, August 28
September 24, 2009 - See DSHO-H1N1 for Dear State Health Officer letter from CMS regarding H1N1, discussing among other things high priority populations and presumptive eligibility
The National Commission on Children and Disasters approved an Interim Report to President Obama and Congress. The report identifies several shortcomings in disaster preparedness, response and recovery and provides recommendations designed to make children an immediate priority in disaster planning See Commission Urges President and Congress to Make Children a Priority in Disaster Planning - September 15, 2009.