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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Including people with disabilities in disaster preparedness: A Delphi study
by Castaneda, Michael Anthony, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2011, 141; 3487432
Abstract (Summary)

Recent disasters demonstrate that the needs of people with disabilities are not being met when disaster strikes. At the root of the problem is a widespread failure to include people with disabilities in preparing for emergencies before they occur.

This study used a 2-round Delphi methodology with a panel of experts, consisting of people with disabilities and key players in emergency planning and response. The study instrument consisted of questionnaires containing items presented in Likert, yes-no, and open-ended formats. The goal of the study was to reach consensus on a way for people with disabilities and emergency planners to address the planning, training, and sustaining phases of emergency-preparedness programs.

Panelists reached consensus on the following recommendations: (a) people with disabilities and emergency planners should collaborate in every phase of emergency preparedness; (b) people with disabilities, their advocates, government agencies, and nonprofits should work together throughout the emergency-preparedness process; (c) a number of specific components should be included in an emergency-preparedness training program. Using responses provided by a panel of experts, this study revealed areas of agreement and disagreement for issues pertaining to emergency response and people with disabilities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Polin, Linda G.
Commitee: McManus, John F., Sparks, Paul
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 73/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Area Planning and Development, Educational leadership, Public policy
Keywords: Emergency planning, Emergency preparedness, Leadership, People with disabilities, Policy
Publication Number: 3487432
ISBN: 978-1-267-06698-5
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