Rehabilitation administrators can play a key role in preparing persons with disabilities to be prepared for disaster events. Due to the occurrence of recent high profile disasters in the United States. increasing emphasis has been placed on emergency management at all levels. The four primary areas of emergency management are preparedness. response. recovery. and mitigation. Each of these areas has high importance on the federal. local and organizational level; however. emergency management at the individual level is often the first priority. This article is intended to provide an overview of the occurrence of recent disasters. as well as stress the importance of emergency planning for persons with disabilities when disaster occurs. This article will also include a discussion of relevant legislation related to emergency management. various phases of emergency management. relevant roles and functions. and recommendations to help incorporate an emergency planning component for both rehabilitation administrators and organizations.
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