S.1755: Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion for Disasters Act
The REAADI for Disaster Act (S. 1755) would establish a National Commission on Disability Rights and Disaster to support the development of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation plans that are inclusive of seniors and people with disabilities. This commission would focus specifically on, accessible communication, protection of civil rights, accessible transportation and evacuation, and available health and medical services, before during and after a natural disaster. The bill would also appropriate $25 million annually over five years to provide financial support to centers that focus on training, research, and technical assistance for people with disabilities and older adults in the case of a disaster. Additionally, the bill would create a grant program to encourage state and local governments to have greater inclusion of people with disabilities and older adults in disaster preparation policy.
H.R. 3208 is the House companion bill.View Full Overview
- Individuals with disabilities and older adults have been found to die at dispositionally higher rates during natural disasters.
- According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration of the people who were affected by hurricanes and wildfires between August and December of 2017, one quarter were individuals with disabilities.
- An estimated 70 percent of the deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in 2017 were to people age 70 or older.
- Households of individuals with disabilities are more likely to need assistance and are less likely to be able to evacuate in advance of disasters.