Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities Marks Its One Year Anniversary with Major Announcements and Delivery of Its First Report to the President [July 21, 2005]   [open pdf - 10KB]

This press release by Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson marks the first anniversary of President Bush's Executive Order on Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness by releasing a Report to the President and announcing the completion of several major initiatives that will better integrate people with disabilities into the national preparedness effort. The Executive Order signed in July 2004 built on the President's New Freedom Initiative to fully integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of society. It created an Interagency Coordinating Council to ensure that progress is made to overcome the complex challenges people with disabilities face in times of emergency. Deputy Secretary Jackson and the Department's Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Daniel Sutherland, convened a meeting of the Interagency Council to release the Council's report to the President. The report documents the significant progress federal agencies have made to better prepare the disability community and raise awareness of these issues among emergency management officials. The report also includes eight recommendations that represent coordination-based solutions that the Council believes will better integrate people with disabilities into the nation's disaster and emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts. The report can be located at www.dhs.gov/disabilitypreparedness.

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