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When Disaster Strikes - Promising Practices - Mobility Challenged Individuals

People with mobility restrictions are more vulnerable to disasters than the general population. This is because many rely on aids such as wheelchairs and walkers, which can significantly slow evacuation when ordinary objects such as furniture, stairs, curbs, and doorways become barriers. Ideally, those who are mobility challenged or their advocates should be directly involved in the disaster planning process including preparation, notification, response, sheltering, and recovery. This guide identifies steps that should be taken to build emergency preparedness and response capacity and awareness for people with mobility restrictions.