Thanks to Portlight
Portlight Strategies and all of its partners are working to prevent the kinds of chaos that disabled people experienced during Katrina and Sandy

[“Training the Red Cross,” March 2016]. I can testify firsthand that Portlight made a real, tangible difference in my home community of Coney Island in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and has continued to provide relevant support and resources.
Leslie Freeman

Money and Planning
When storms hit, people in the path of those storms suffer tremendous economic pain [“Training the Red Cross”]. But people with disabilities whose incomes are marginal at best don’t have the monetary means to relocate, nor are facilities and equipment readily available. When streets are riddled with debris, it is impossible for people with mobility issues to even move to a place of safety. Wheelchairs don’t roll over tree limbs. Power wheelchairs require electricity, as do breathing machines. Medications often require refrigeration. Disasters wreak havoc on most people but can be deadly for people with disabilities. It’s imperative that FEMA and area emergency management agencies have plans that include places where disabled people live. They need to be aware of medical requirements and whether a safe place should be either a shelter or a hospital. The only way solutions are going to be found is by including disabled people in the planning stages.
Danny Neff
Lavaca, Arkansas

Climate Change Disasters
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