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ASTM Standard to assist people with disabilities during disaster.
Press Release Summary:
Jun 08, 2012 - ASTM WK37628, Guide for Preparing for the Compounding Impact of Disasters/Emergencies on Local Residents/Visitors That Have Disabilities, is being developed by Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training and Procedures. Through planning and education process provided in this proposed standard, first responders and community will become more acutely aware of concerns and issues of people with disabilities in planning for and surviving a disaster.
Original Press Release
ASTM Homeland Security Committee Developing Standard to Assist People with Disabilities in a Disaster or Emergency
Press release date: Jun 05, 2012
The proposed new standard, ASTM WK37628, Guide for Preparing for the Compounding Impact of Disasters/Emergencies on Local Residents/Visitors That Have Disabilities, is being developed by Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training and Procedures, part of ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications. The task group is chaired by Don Dreyer, retired director of disability services Nassau County, N.Y., and includes members of the Institute for Safety and Preparedness, Port Washington, N.Y.
According to Russell Salter, president of ERTIC LLC and vice chairman, E54.02, pre-event or event action planning has often overlooked areas such as pre-identification of locations of citizens with disabilities, their special transportation and evacuation needs, alert and notification for those who are blind or deaf, and special provisions in shelters and medical needs.
"Through the planning and education process provided in this proposed standard, the first responder and the community will become more acutely aware of the concerns and issues of people with disabilities in planning for and surviving a disaster," says Salter.
In addition to helping first responders become more aware of the needs of people with disabilities in disaster or emergency situations, Salter notes that ASTM WK37628 will be helpful to neighbors, friends and others who know people with disabilities and who may need some additional assistance during such events.
"ASTM WK37628 will provide a comprehensive structure for educating the layman and for involving him or her in helping both the response community and those with disabilities to better prepare for and survive disasters," says Dreyer. Further, according to Jim Flemming, FEMA Regional Disability Integration Specialist, Region II, N.Y., the proposed standard will provide a comprehensive structure for communities to use in emergency planning for people with disabilities.
The task group welcomes participation from anyone interested in contributing to the development of ASTM WK37628 and future proposed standards on community disaster preparation. The task group is planning to create a resource library that is focused on assisting people with disabilities in emergency situations and is particularly interested in contributions from those with government, public administration and social services backgrounds.
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ASTM Committee E54 Next Meeting: June 25-27, 2012, June committee week, St. Louis, Mo.
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