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Introduction

Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

As the United States population grows, there is greater demand for better highways, roads, subways, and air travel. On-going enhancements to the Nation's transportation systems must be coupled with efforts to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are addressed, especially in the event of an emergency.

The critical needs of individuals with disabilities during an emergency include the evacuation of transit systems, getting to safe shelter in the event of a natural disaster, and full access to transportation systems when there is a need to evacuate a particular location.

This web page contains basic information on emergency preparedness, transportation accessibility, and evacuation methods for certain modes of transportation, such as transit and rail systems. It is designed to be an emergency transportation preparedness resource for individuals with disabilities, their family members, and care givers.

Additionally, this page includes useful information for transportation providers on addressing the unique needs of people with disabilities during an emergency.

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