NYC Emergency Management Agency Will Not Oversee
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 27, 2005
NEW YORK, NEW YORK--Joseph Bruno, the head of New York City's Office of Emergency Management, told a City Council committee Monday that his office would coordinate evacuations of people with disabilities in a disaster such as a hurricane, but that it would not oversee such evacuations.
According to Tuesday's New York Post, Bruno said the city's evacuation plan relies on nursing homes and hospitals to provide transportation for their residents and patients, and would require private agencies such as Meals on Wheels to make sure authorities evacuate their clients.
Some council members reportedly worried that people with disabilities and significant medical problems would fall through the cracks in an emergency, like so many did in the Gulf Coast during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Council Speaker Gifford Miller and others called for Bruno's office to begin compiling its own list of homebound residents, and to begin overseeing evacuation drills at hospitals and nursing homes.