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The New Law Improving Disaster Planning for People With Disabilities

Posted by Scott Flexer

A deluge of recent disasters, from hurricanes to wildfires, has reinforced the notion that they can strike at any time without warning. And while a disaster can be detrimental to anyone, they can be especially dangerous for people with disabilities, who may not be able to act quickly or have the ability to “hunker down” for long stretches of time; visual, hearing, and mental impairment can further complicate things in an emergency situation. Because of this, the federal government will now be required to do more to consider the needs of people with disabilities when disasters strike under a new law put into effect last week.

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Topics: disability laws, emergency preparedness

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