Houston and the Gulf Coast need your attention
"Our systems for identifying and supporting those in our communities with disabilities or special needs, especially in times of crisis, are imperfect. In times like these we must take the responsibility to contact those we know and care about to check on them and to do what we can to help either directly or through others. You may be someone’s only hope." - Joe Treglia, BBI
We have studied crisis response and the coordination of essential lifesaving resources in other places and the key to successful response and recovery is the willingness and ability to communicate; including both formal and informal responders.
Some essential response and recovery pieces include:
- Personal responsibility - Each one of us is responsible for our family and neighbors. You may be the only help for those around you. Do what you can for others and allow others to help you as well.
- Internet and Cell access - Government agencies and private sector providers must deploy temporary Wi-Fi and Cell service to as many affected areas as possible.
- Power - Phones and handheld devices will need power. Using portable charging stations and sharing generated power among the community is necessary.
These three areas a starting point. We realize that there is more to be done and want to be here to support you! The Burton Blatt Institute and Southeast ADA Center have provided information, education and resources to the disability community for many years.
For long term recovery and future prevention and preparation information and resources you may contact us, and others such as FEMA, the Red Cross, and Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies to name a few. The key is to give your attention to this and to act for those around you.
- Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University | http://bbi.syr.edu
- Southeast ADA Center | http://www.adasoutheast.org
- Southwest ADA Center | http://www.southwestada.org
- ADA National Network | https://adata.org | 800-949-4232
- Hurricane Harvey Emergency Resources compiled by the ADA National Network | http://adata.org/news/hurricane-harvey-emergency-resources
- FEMA | https://www.fema.gov | 1-800-621-3362
- American Red Cross | http://www.redcross.org
- Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies | http://www.portlight.org
- Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies Hurricane Harvey Disability Hotline (Operated by Portlight Strategies) | 800- 626-4959
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