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Capitol Correspondence - 08.04.20

House Holds Hearing on Experiences of Vulnerable Populations During Disasters

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On July 28, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing titled “Experiences of Vulnerable Populations During Disasters,” which featured discussion of how emergency plans often do not account for the needs of people with disabilities, leading to greater risk of institutionalization.

Video of the hearing is available here, and includes witness testimonies. The list of witnesses includes:

  • Curtis Brown, State Coordinator of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Emergency Management (testifying on Behalf of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management)
  • Chad Higdon, CEO, Second Harvest Community Food Bank
  • Marcie Roth, Executive Director & CEO, World Institute on Disability
  • Diane Yentel, President & CEO, National Low-Income Housing Coalition