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NDRN has partnership agreements with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, the National Association of State Fire Marshals, the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, and the Center for Campus Fire Safety to operationalize P&A engagement while furthering a national discourse on inclusive emergency management.
NDRN believes that Disability Justice approaches can be used throughout disasters to protect disability rights, recognize histories of harm and center communities of color. We use the 10 Disability Justice Principles created by Sins Invalid to reimagine new paths toward equitable emergency management practices guided by antiracist and antiableist policies. This work is anchored by the need for greater inclusivity of Black Indigenous People of Color with disabilities as we all collectively strive to deepen our understanding of the communities we serve. It is this conscious and continuous commitment to intersectional inclusion that strengthens our capacity to extend legal and advocacy support to diverse disaster survivors with disabilities.
Each year, hundreds of individuals with disabilities lose their lives in fire related incidents. In recognition of this troubling trend, NDRN has launched the Facing Flames regional fire safety workshop series in partnership with the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Designed to bring fire service officials and P&A representatives together to strategize around disability inclusive fire safety, this interactive session has received remarkable reviews from participants and will be offered in various cities across the country throughout May 2020.
NDRN will soon make its podcasting debut in early 2020! We will launch The Panda Pod: Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities with a mini-series related to disasters featuring informative interviews and captivating conversations. Other initiatives on the horizon include:
- Voting Rights After Disasters
- Census: A Central Connection to Disaster Funding/Assistance
- Human Trafficking of Disaster Survivors with Disabilities
- Disaster Assistance Review: Centering Antiableist & Antiracist Policy Recommendations
- How We Survive: Skills & Strategies from Disaster Survivors with Disabilities
- Project Pacific: Prioritizing the Needs & Interests of Pacific Island P&As
Latest in Fires, Disasters & Emergencies
Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center Presents “Disability and COVID 19: An Unequal Response”
August 25, 2020
NDRN's Justice Shorter was a panelist to discuss how COVID has differentially impacted people with disabilities, and to outline needed improvements to a public health emergency and natural disaster response for disabled people.Webinar
- Fires, Disasters & Emergencies
June 23, 2020
NDRN's Justice Shorter spoke about legacies of systemic inequality - including drinking water, police violence, housing, LGBTQIA+, education, and incarceration - that lead to public health crises and disparate disaster impacts, including drinking water, police violence, housing, and incarceration.Webinar
April 8, 2020
In this third episode of the PandA Pod, we hear the stories of the P&As who are out on the front lines every day ensuring that the rights of people with disabilities are not dismissed when disaster strikes.Podcast