09/08-11/2024 – “Emergency Planning that Protects Lives of People with Disabilities – APWA PWX Conference

Kristi Avalos will present this topic on September 10th from 1:30PM-2:20PM CST at the American Public Works Association Public Works Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

Topic Overview:

Obviously, emergencies impact citizens with and without disabilities.  However, history has shown that people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by disasters because their needs are often overlooked or completely disregarded. Their evacuation, shelter, and recovery experiences have been appallingly more devastating than the experiences of people without disabilities. Too often this population has been unable to evacuate because transportation was inaccessible. Further, people with visual and hearing disabilities could not obtain necessary information regarding imminent disaster and evacuation alerts pertinent to their safety because this communication did not comply with federal law. To ensure that individuals with disabilities do not experience these types of injustices during future catastrophes, emergency plans must be intentional and specific as they acknowledge and address the difficulties experienced by this population.

In this presentation, participants will learn how to prepare an Emergency Evacuation Plan that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and protects the lives of people with disabilities in their community. Requirements for transportation, emergency shelters, emergency egress routes, and accommodations for service animals will be covered that will save the lives of residents, including individuals with mobility, visual, hearing, and cognitive impairments as well as for people whose survival requires medical equipment.

For more information and registration, click here.

Date

Sep 08 2024 - Sep 11 2024
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