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Emergency preparedness in a sample of persons with disabilities

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In this article, authors report on the results of an online survey of 253 community residents with disabilities, each with a personal assistant. In the survey, residents provided information about their emergency preparedness, including whether they had an emergency plan. Those who had experienced a previous emergency and whose personal assistant had been involved in the development of their emergency plan had higher preparedness scores overall.
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In general, however, researchers found gaps in preparedness among respondents; they note that their findings suggest the need for outreach related to disaster preparedness targeted to people with disabilities. [Citation: Gershon RR, Kraus LE, Raveis VH, Sherman MF, Kailes JI. Am J Disaster Med. 2013 Winter;8(1):35-47. doi: 10.5055/ajdm.2013.0109.]

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American Journal of Disaster Medicine