204521 Reducing Disparities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for People with Disabilities

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Chiaki Gonda, BGS , Research and Training Center on Independent Living, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Typically, people with disabilities are left out of the disaster preparedness and planning process (White, 2008). Recent research indicates that the majority of emergency managers are not trained in special needs populations, which includes people with disabilities (White, Fox, Rooney & Rowland, 2007). Recent major disaster incidents such as September 11 and Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Ike have revealed disaster response shortcomings of the public health and emergency management systems to help get people with disabilities out of harm's way during disaster conditions. This poster will describe key findings and recommendations from the research literature and identify resources and strategies to help reduce disparity for people with disabilities during disaster events or other emergencies.

Learning Objectives:
The audience will be able to: 1. Recognize barriers experienced by people with disabilities in disaster situations 2. Discuss the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness planning and emergency response 3. Identify how public health professionals and representatives from the disability community can collaborate to reduce disparities in disaster planning and emergency response for people with disabilities 4. List tips on how people with disabilities can increase their chances for survival and getting out of harmís way

Keywords: Disability, Disasters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Past research experience in the area of disaster preparedness and emergency response for people with disabilities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.