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Map of People with Disabilities impacted by Hurricane Ian in Florida
September 29, 2022
- People with disabilities in Florida are being significantly impacted by Hurricane Ian. In fact, of the nearly 3 million non-institutionalized people with disabilities who live in Florida, 78% (2.2 million) live in counties with hurricane or tropical storm warnings.
- Even more Floridians with disabilities are institutionalized in the state's numerous nursing homes. Again, 78% (547) of the state's CMS funded nursing facilities are located in counties with either Hurricane or Tropical Storm warnings.
People with disabilities must be prioritized in emergency response efforts.
Below are some resources to support these efforts.
- FEMA updates
- Emergency Shelter status, including "special needs shelters"
- Power outage maps
- Partnership for inclusive disaster strategies
UPDATE (More resources):
- FEMA, Federal Partners Continue Supporting Hurricane Ian Response
From that page: Medically dependent residents of Florida who need electricity to operate medical equipment, transport services to be evacuated due to a medical condition or need help getting medication during a disaster can register for assistance at FloridaDisaster.org/SNR
- Red Cross: Find an Open Shelter
1-800-Red-Cross or 1-800-733-2767