Fiona: People With Disabilities Need More Support in Extreme Storms

People were also advised to have personal support networks that could assist them during an emergency. Some people were told to prepare to evacuate.

Despite these directions, post-mortems for the 2013 Alberta floods as well as hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Sandy all noted that we don’t do enough to address the needs of vulnerable populations during disasters. Progress has been made over recent years, but the experiences of people with disabilities during Fiona and our ongoing research show there is more to be done.