The grant from the Walmart Foundation will support EPI's mission to ensure that the needs of the 54 million men, women, and children with disabilities - one-fifth of the U.S. population - are taken into account in emergency planning and response. EPI's outreach, education and awareness efforts aim to position people with disabilities as a central component of emergency preparedness plans at all levels, while also ensuring that people with disabilities take steps to prepare themselves.
"We are honored to receive this grant from the Walmart Foundation," said
"At Walmart, helping communities is what we do every day, and when a crisis strikes, that charge becomes an even greater priority," said
The grant from the Walmart Foundation will enable EPI to:
- Revise and improve educational and training materials;
- Reach out to more states, counties and localities;
- Expand its network of advocacy organizations;
- Increase its outreach activities for people with disabilities; and
- Increase awareness nationwide on this critical issue.
EPI has worked to bridge the divide between the disability and emergency preparedness communities through its award-winning "Partners in Preparation" outreach campaign, the establishment of the first-ever disability-preparedness "Technical Assistance, Outreach and Education Center" and individual-level training on preparedness for 4,500 people in
EPI's work and the need for its expertise were highlighted during the response to Hurricane Katrina, when EPI deployed teams to the region to perform an unprecedented special-needs assessment in a live disaster zone. EPI's work following Hurricane Katrina influenced legislative changes in the Post-Katrina Reform Act, including the establishment of a National Disability Coordinator position at FEMA.
In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security's Nationwide Plan Review revealed that no state or large metropolitan area had emergency plans in place to adequately address the needs of people with disabilities. In its assessment of disability issues in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, EPI's team found that 85.7 percent of community-based service providers for senior citizens and people with disabilities did not know how to access the emergency management system before the disaster.
"Emergency preparedness for the disabled concerns all Americans, because anyone can join the disability community in an instant," said
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About the National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability, founded in 1982, promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. For more information about N.O.D.'s programs, visit www.nod.org. For more information on the Emergency Preparedness Initiative, please visit www.nod.org/emergency.
SOURCE National Organization on Disability