America's disabled are at a higher risk during disasters than the general public. Events of the last decade, suggest this increased risk stems from public safety agencies not integrating the needs of people with disabilities into their disaster management programs. This study uses comparative research of previous disaster responses to examine current community-level disaster preparedness practices. Using narrowly defined inclusion criteria, a cross-sectional survey questionnaire was sent to a non-probability population of emergency managers. The results of this study suggested that the lessons learned from previous disasters have led emergency managers to make improvements in the delivery of service. However, because critical shortfalls remain, individuals with disabilities are still subjected to higher risk during a disaster. Though the small number of emergency managers sampled in this study make broad generalizations difficult, the results of this study raise important questions, all of which continue to call for further research to better understand underlying causes of the continued marginalization by disaster preparedness planning of individuals with disabilities.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Criminology|
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