If you lived in the community before the disaster, you have the right to be provided with the disability and health maintenance supports and services you require to maintain your health, safety, and independence;
It is a violation of your civil rights to be directed towards a “special needs or medical shelter,” a nursing home, hospital or other medical or psychiatric facility. Only people who require hospital or nursing home care should be separated from the community during or after a disaster.
Shelters cannot discriminate when providing safety, comfort, or basic needs.
Shelters must be physically accessible. You have the right to accessible sleeping, eating, medical and recreation areas, toilets, showers and transportation (when transportation is available to others).
You have a right to a qualified sign language interpreter, Braille, large print, plain language, and other information, and to shelter-provided personal assistance services, back-up power for medical devices, privacy for personal care and accommodations for meeting disability-related needs for reduced stimulation.
You have a right to meals and snacks that meet your dietary and medical needs.
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Disabled? Know Your Rights in a Disaster!
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All people with disabilities have civil rights protection in disasters, without exception. (Notice to Emergency Managers recipients of Federal funds on non-discrimination requirements)
You have a right to all disaster alerts & information in a format that is accessible to you. (FCC Accessibility to Emergency Information on Television & Section D- Notification- Alerting the Public to an Emergency)
You have a right to be included in community evacuation transportation plans. (Section E- Emergency Management Under Title II of the ADA)
You have a right to disability services and supports in an accessible community shelter, not transferred to a “special” shelter, hospital or nursing home. (National Council on Disability report: Preserving Our Freedom & Section C- The ADA and Emergency Shelters: Access for All in Disasters)
You have a right to barrier-free shelter and temporary housing. (The ADA and Emergency Shelters: Access for All in Emergencies and Disasters)
You have the right to keep your service animal with you throughout evacuation, sheltering and temporary housing. (Section I: Ensure Access for Individuals with Disabilities who use Service Animals)
You have a right to advocate for your needs and file an official complaint.
File civil rights complaints by emailing email@example.com | 202-212-3535 and firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-401-1474 | 1-866-644-8360 (toll free) | TTY: 1-866-644-8361 (toll free)
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