Confronting the Challenges of Evacuating People with Disabilities

Challenges of Evacuating People with Disabilities

One of the unfortunate realities of emergency evacuation in today’s world is that a disproportionately high number of people with disabilities are injured and killed during disasters. People with disabilities or special needs can’t get around as quickly, and failure to plan for their evacuation can lead to the unnecessary loss of life during an emergency. It has been estimated that up to half of the people with disabilities in the United Kingdom are interested in participating to help plan special evacuation procedures. Some of them have already participated in such efforts, yet most are unaware of any cohesive plans for disaster management. (more…)