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Disaster Planning Often Overlooks Disabled

People with physical or cognitive disabilities die or are injured in natural disasters at a much higher rate than the general population.  Part of the blame rests with emergency planning officials and governments, according to a new U.N. report. In a survey of 5,450 people from 126 countries, the U.N. found that the disabled are rarely consulted about their needs. Specifically, 20 percent said they could evacuate immediately in the case of a sudden disaster, while the remainder said they ...

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