Are the Disaster Preparedness Plans in the Largest Cities in the States Adequate for Disabled & Elderly Populations?

Stephanie K. Hall, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Abstract

Hall, Stephanie K, Are the Disaster Preparedness Plans in the Largest Cities in the Unites States Adequate for Disabled & Elderly Populations? Master of Public Health (Community Health), May 2007, 36 pp., 10 tables, 1 map, reference, 15 titles. This study seeks to compare urban disaster plans in the 25 largest U.S. cities. The focus of this study involves two populations that are often neglected or dealt with last: elderly and disabled. Therefore, the largest US cities should have a comprehensive disaster preparedness plan that includes evacuation & transportation; sheltering and health services; and legal considerations for both the disabled & elderly populations. The data reported in this study was gathered from each city Office of Emergency Management website. The data was analyzed to determine which cities have disaster preparedness plans that consider the disabled and again populations. Results indicate many cities are not prepared.