Being Prepared: Inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency planning

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Twenty percent of Americans have disabilities and may have access and functional needs that will affect their ability to read or understand preparedness information, hear alerts and warnings, utilize accessible transportation during an evacuation, maintain their independence in a shelter, find accessible housing if theirs has been destroyed, access services to enable them to return to work and deal with a myriad of other challenges. Join this session to learn more about the progress that is being made in communities that are committed to emergency planning that is inclusive of the participation and requirements of people with access and functional needs.


Jessica Mitchell Integration Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)