Settlement requires NYC to overhaul disaster plan

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Settlement requires NYC to overhaul disaster plan

E-Newscast Video Link

http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/?p=21854 

Video Length

Two minutes and forty seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above

Summary

Disability advocates and the New York City Law Department submitted papers in federal court September 25, laying out goals to bring the City’s emergency plan into ADA compliance. The lawsuit’s numerous accusations of the city’s failure to accommodate people with disabilities in its emergency plans came to the forefront during Hurricane Sandy, when tens of thousands of low-income people were stranded in the city’s high rise, public housing facilities for more than a week. The settlement requires the City to make accommodations for people with disabilities in times of emergency or during a disaster.

Review Questions

What does the settlement require the city to do by September 2017?

 

What does the settlement require the city to do by August 2017?

 

What does the settlement require the city to do in the short term?

 

Free Writing Prompt

Do you think that NYC should be responsible for evacuating people with mobility issues from their homes and apartments? Why?

 

Do you think its fair to require the city to, potentially, put their employees at risk by asking them to remain in a disaster or emergency area to help people with disabilities evacuate? Why?

 

Can you think of an effective and efficient way to make sure all people with disabilities that need assistance in an emergency receive it?

 

Original Story Link: http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/?p=21147 

Original StoryRelease Date: October 6th, 2014