Framework of Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Federal Agencies: Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting the Needs of People with Disabilities [open pdf - 262KB]
"Preparing the Workplace for Everyone is meant to serve as a launching point for federal agencies as they re-evaluate and strengthen their Occupant Emergency Plans (OEPs), which are required for all federal agencies by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). This framework of guidelines reflects the effective practices of nearly 20 federal agencies gathered from direct input, existing reports and articles, and actual emergency plans. According to the National Council on Disability (NCD), in its 2005 report, Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning: 'In disaster management activities it is important to think about disability broadly. Traditional narrow definitions of disability are not appropriate. The term disability does not apply just to people whose disabilities are noticeable, such as wheelchair users and people who are blind or deaf. The term also applies to people with heart disease, emotional or psychiatric conditions, arthritis, significant allergies, asthma, multiple chemical sensitivities, respiratory conditions, and some visual, hearing, and cognitive disabilities.' The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has historically recognized mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery as the phases of emergency management. However, many of the issues addressed in this framework of guidelines may emerge in multiple phases."
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