Disability and Disaster News



Florida Congresswoman Donna Shalala: Seniors Should Have Access to Medicaid After Evacuating States For Natural Disasters


REAADI & DRMA Introduction:

Press Release from Senator Casey (D-PA):

Government Report and Bipartisan Legislation Call for More Action on Disaster Preparedness

Press Release from Congressman Langevin (D-RI):

Langevin Legislation Calls for More Inclusive Disaster Preparation

Press Release from Congressman Smith (R-NJ):

Smith leads on Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion (REAADI) disaster response bill

Press Release from Congresswoman Shalala (D-FL):


La Representante Shalala introduce la Ley de Medicaid para Alivio de Desastres


Rep. Shalala Introduces Disaster Relief Medicaid Act


-GAO: FEMA Action Needed to Better Support Individuals Who are Older or Have Disabilities

-The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies statement on GAO’s report highlighting FEMA failures to hurricane impacted people with disabilities and older adults.

-GAO Report Fact Sheet


- NCD: Preserving Our Freedom: Ending Institutionalization of People with Disabilities During and After Disasters.

2019 Partnership Newsletters

Get REAADI for real inclusive emergency management!

TODAY, June 10: 2pm ET - Online Press Conference Celebrating the Introduction of REAADI & DRMA!

The Partnership cordially invites you to celebrate with us in an online press conference for the introduction of the Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion for Disasters Act (REAADI) and the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA) in both the Senate and the House of Representatives!

  • Senator Bob Casey (PA) will introduce REAADI -S.1755- in the Senate with cosponsors Jones (AL), Blumenthal (CT), Duckworth (IL), Harris (CA), Hassan (NH) and Gillibrand (NY).
  • Senator Casey will introduce DRMA -S.1754- in the Senate with cosponsors Brown (OH), Blumenthal (CT), Gillibrand (NY) and Harris (CA).
  • REAADI will be introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
  • DRMA will be introduced in the House by Rep. Donna Shalala (FL).

REAADI and DRMA are the first disaster bills to prioritize the rights of people with disabilities and older adults developed with direct input from the disability community!Yellow sun with Central Text REAADI for Disasters Act  and text around the sun: Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion for Disasters Act

(Find out more about REAADI & DRMA)

When: Today, Monday June 10 at 2pm EDT

Join the Press Conference:

Zoom by Phone: 646-876-9923 Pin: 446 067 519

or 669-900-6833 Pin: 446 067 519

We will also livestream on:

  • Note: Previously, we sent out a youtube link, however, during testing we encountered technical difficulties. To view video, please go to the Zoom link or Facebook link, posted above.


Welcome and housekeeping

Background and Opening Statement



Check out REAADI.com for more information on REAADI and DRMA and actions you can take to help build Congressional support for REAADI and DRMA.


Partnership in the News

Disability Civil Rights Complaint September 21st

Sep 21, 2018, 9:44 PM

In 2007, the US Department of Justice instructed state and local governments in their ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments, Chapter 7 that “The ADA requires people with disabilities to be accommodated in the most integrated…

Media Advocacy Alert: Join The Partnership in Responding to the Preventable Deaths of Windy Newton and Nicolette Green.

Sep 20, 2018, 11:33 PM

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies team is reeling from the news of the deaths of Windy Newton and Nicolette Green, two women with mental health disabilities, who died while being evacuated by the Horry County Sheriff’s Office in South…

CCD Emergency Management Letter of Concern to DHS

Aug 13, 2018, 3:14 PM

Dear Secretary Nielsen The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment,…

Integrating Disability Into Emergency Management: A Blueprint for Saving Lives

Jul 22, 2018, 8:27 PM

Beyond the Rhetoric – Making it Real Integrating Disability Into Emergency Management – A Blueprint to Saving Lives in the Community: 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) July 22, 2018, 2:00 -…

Partnership releases 2017-2018 After Action Report

May 24, 2018, 6:11 PM

Getting It Wrong: An Indictment with a Blueprint for Getting It Right Disability Rights, Obligations and Responsibilities Before, During and After Disasters Edition 1; May 2018 This After Action Report is an unvarnished account of the devastation…

Getting it Right 2018 National Inclusive Disaster Strategies Conference

Jan 23, 2018, 6:04 PM

The focus of Getting it Right is on expanding our shared commitment to achieving and maintaining disability inclusive whole community emergency preparedness, community resilience, response, recovery and mitigation before, during and after disasters.

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies Update

Dec 12, 2017, 6:23 PM

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (the Partnership) and Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies (Portlight) have continued our active support for disaster impacted individuals and communities throughout the catastrophic storms and…

Update: Portlight Responds to Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey

Sep 30, 2017, 3:38 PM

We Need Your Continued Support! Greetings to our friends, supporters and everyone impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria over the past 33 days.

Update: Portlight Responds to Hurricane Harvey and Prepares for Hurricane Irma

Sep 6, 2017, 8:18 PM

Thanks to your generous support over the past ten days, Portlight Strategies and the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies have assisted thousands of hurricane Harvey survivors with disabilities, their families and good people trying to help…

UPDATE: Responding to Hurricane Harvey and Catastrophic Flooding

Aug 28, 2017, 2:54 PM

Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but has stalled over the Metro Houston area, bringing as much as 23 inches of rain in the 24 hour period between early evening Saturday and early Sunday evening.

September 20th 2016

Oct 28, 2016, 4:42 PM

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, a clearinghouse for information and a community organizing resource on the needs of people with disabilities within disaster planning, has been announced.

October 4th, 2016

Oct 26, 2016, 12:22 PM

NOW is the time to prepare east coasters! Check your emergency kit supplies. Full your car with gas. Make sure you enough food and water to last you and your family for 3 days. Figure out where you will go if you need to evacuate and leave early.…

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