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Emergency Management

During Hurricane Katrina, thousands of people with disabilities and older adults were left behind. No plans for their evacuation had been developed, and the system was unprepared to accommodate those with access and functional needs. 

Hurricane Katrina taught us, as a nation, that our emergency planning and disaster preparedness systems are failing people with disabilities. As a result, NDRN has written partnership agreements with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross to further a national discourse on inclusive emergency management and strengthen the ability of these networks to collaborate with officials before, during, and after an emergency.

Further, the threat of disaster is not exclusive to the Gulf region. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, blizzards, wildfires, power outages, flooding, water shortages, acts of violence, and other emergencies leave every state and territory in the United States at risk. As such, the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Network has been working to build partnerships with emergency management leaders at state and local levels to ensure that people with disabilities are never forgotten in an emergency again.


Read about our partnerships with FEMA and the Red Cross

Image of a FEMA representative and NDRN Executive Director holding the signed memorandum of agreement.NDRN is a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The agreement between NDRN and FEMA will ensure that advocates from NDRN’s 57 state and territory affiliates will be involved in policy decisions and can coordinate directly with FEMA teams. Advocates will also have access to FEMA disaster response offices before, during and after a disaster. This partnership will help FEMA leverage the resources of the entire community, including the resources that NDRN or other organizations can offer, to better meet the needs of the entire population impacted by a disaster. Read the agreement here.

Image of the red cross logo, a red cross.NDRN is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partner with the American National Red Cross. Read that agreement here.

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