CounterSpin

Counterspin – September 4, 2009 at 2:00pm

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“Wildfires, Earthquakes, and Hurricanes… Oh My”

Are people with disabilities ready for a disaster? We talk to Ana-Marie Jones and Tracy Baker of Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster (CARD) about how to prepare. And, Karla Gilbride, of Disability Rights Advocates, a Berkeley legal non-profit, talks about their suit against both Oakland and L.A. for their lack disability access in emergency planning. The suit charges Oakland with

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      The failure to conduct adequate surveys of the accessibility of potential shelter sites, resulting in a list that contains many inaccessible shelters;

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      The failure to revise the City’s Mass Care and Shelter Plan from the 1980s to address the needs of men, women, and children with disabilities;
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      The failure to make arrangements to provide prescriptions, medical supplies and equipment, or accessible transportation to people with disabilities in an emergency.

Hosted by John Healy, with tips by Adrienne Lauby.