Advocates say people with disability are increasingly ‘forgotten’ in emergency planning

NSW and Queensland floods 2022

Advocates say people with disability are increasingly ‘forgotten’ in emergency planning

Insufficient accomodation and government support spark calls for better resourcing and planning in disaster responses

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Advocates say people with disability are not seeing inclusive support or rapid decision-making in emergency planning procedures. Photograph: Dan Peled/Getty Images

Advocates say people with disability are not seeing inclusive support or rapid decision-making in emergency planning procedures. Photograph: Dan Peled/Getty Images

Eden Gillespie

Sun 10 Apr 2022 13.30 EDTLast modified on Sun 10 Apr 2022 13.31 EDT

After being evicted from her short-term accommodation to make way for tourists, flood victim Margaret was left with nowhere else to go.

“I would have been homeless, living out of my car with two dogs,” the 79-year-old said.

After panicking all afternoon about where she would end up, Margaret, who asked that her surname not be published, received a last-minute call from the state-led Community Recovery Program informing her she would have a roof over her head for at least another week.

“I feel like a hot potato,” she said. “I’m too old to be moved every seven days. It’s taken a lot out [...]

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