When disaster strikes, lives can be saved when there’s a good plan in place. Unfortunately, the needs of people with disabilities are not always included in the plan properly or ignored altogether. Home fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes – disasters affect every city and town and we need to be prepared to help everybody.
On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina chances are good you won’t hear about the enormous impact this disaster had on people with disabilities. So, we went to New Orleans and asked people with disabilities what happened. The answer was simple and sad: There was no plan to rescue them.
During Katrina, people with disabilities were denied the right to be rescued. It’s time for change, and you can help. You can use this video to create change for future disaster planning. Show it to your local city council, your county government, or the person who handles evacuations at your school or business.