Needs of People with Psychiatric Disabilities During and After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Position Paper and Recommendations [open pdf - 120KB]
"As NCD predicted in its April 2005 report, 'Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Planning', 'if planning does not embrace the value that everyone should survive, they will not.' As a result of its research, NCD found that much pre-Katrina disaster planning did not contemplate the needs of people with psychiatric disabilities, and as a result, many people died or unnecessarily suffered severely traumatic experiences. This paper includes the major findings and recommendations, as well as various specific recommendations for emergency management officials and policymakers at the local, state and federal levels. As emergency managers and policymakers create plans that seek to ensure that all people, regardless of disability, survive catastrophes such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we will incorporate the principles of inclusion and nondiscrimination into our national consciousness."
National Council on Disability: http://www.ncd.gov/index.html