Individuals With Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness: Executive Order 13347: Progress Report July 2005-September 2006   [open pdf - 291KB]

"Recognizing that individuals with disabilities should be as safe and secure in their communities and work environments as individuals without disabilities, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13347, Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness in July 2004. This Executive Order, a copy of which is provided as Appendix A, sets forth the role of the Federal Government in effectively tackling these issues in a coordinated fashion. To ensure this, the President created the Interagency Coordinating Council, directing multiple Federal departments and agencies to work together to ensure that emergency preparedness plans are as comprehensive as possible with regard to the issues presented by individuals with disabilities. The Executive Order designated the Secretary of Homeland Security as the Chair of the ICC, and he has delegated that role to the DHS Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Members of the Council include heads of executive departments, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Other department and agency heads have been invited to participate as members of the Council at the request of the DHS Secretary and with the concurrence of the Council. In addition to the agency head or designated representative who sits on the Council, each department or agency has also designated a senior employee to serve as its daily point of contact on matters relating to this Executive Order and the Council."

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