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Emergency Preparedness Initiative

National Organization on Disability

  • Program Exploratory and Special Projects
  • Program Area Special Projects
  • Grant Amount $300,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2004
  • Location New York, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

In the United States, 54 million men, women and children with disabilities make up one-fifth of the population and have a great stake in disaster preparedness – – more so than their non-disabled counterparts. Several tragic cases of people with disabilities being trapped in the World Trade Center during the attacks highlighted the special needs of the disabled that must be considered when preparing for future disasters. Furthermore, it is essential that people with disabilities be included in the process of disaster planning at the national, state and local levels.Multiyear funding will support an initiative to communicate with and through leaders who have responsibility for disaster planning and responses. Sustained efforts by such individuals would make a significant difference in disaster preparedness. The initiative will focus on reaching mayors and county executives who have responsibility for community disaster planning and response; governors who receive federal funding for state disaster preparedness and relief efforts; CEOs and national associations who represent businesses that must plan for employee welfare in the event of a disaster; heads of universities, colleges, hospitals and other organizations; national disability organizations; and national nonprofit disaster relief organizations.The National Organization on Disability, founded in 1982, is the only national disability network organization working with all disabilities, age groups and disability issues.