Fires, Disasters & Emergencies

Reimagining Preparedness, Response and Recovery

The Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Network builds partnerships with emergency management leaders at state and local levels to protect the rights, safety and dignity of disaster survivors with disabilities. Advocates and attorneys strive to prioritize and protect disability rights throughout fires, disasters, humanitarian crises and other emergencies utilizing strategies such as impact litigation and structured negotiations.

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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.

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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.

Questions about our work on Fires, Disasters & Emergencies? Contact us at [email protected].

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    NDRN Testifies at Hearing to Improve Fire Safety

    June 21, 2017

    WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, June 7th, the National Fire Protection Association voted to amend codes and standards to improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities.

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    Fire Protection Standards Put People with Disabilities at Risk

    June 6, 2017

    WASHINGTON – NDRN is deeply concerned that current fire codes violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and put people with disabilities at greater risk of injury in an emergency.

    Press Release
  • Fires, Disasters & Emergencies

    Disaster Preparedness Checklist

    February 15, 2017

    If you have special health care needs and you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, an area threatened by storm surge, it is essential to plan well in advance for the supplies you will need during evacuation from your home and for sheltering in another area.