Emergency planning for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs to ensure inclusiveness

J Emerg Manag. May-Jun 2014;12(3):211-8. doi: 10.5055/jem.2014.0173.

Abstract

Recent investigations and litigation have prompted a shift in the way the field of emergency management plans for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. The purpose of this article is to aid readers in understanding some of the legal and practical requirements that may apply to jurisdictions' emergency preparedness programs to ensure the ability of plans, planning efforts, programs, and services to meet the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. The cases of Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF) v. City of Los Angeles and Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled v. Bloomberg will be used as case studies. Note that this is not intended nor should it be construed as legal advice.

MeSH terms

  • Civil Defense / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Disabled Persons / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Disaster Planning / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • United States