Iowa Disability League town hall

The Iowa Disability League and its partners will host an online Iowa Disability and Emergency/Disaster Awareness town hall from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, on Zoom.

According to organizers, individuals with disabilities are two to four times more likely to die or be injured during a disaster than non-disabled individuals. The disaster-related needs of these Iowans are too often overlooked or ignored.

The agenda for the event involved the following:

Introduction; Storytelling featuring: Garret Frey - Cedar Rapids Disability Advocate, Gretchen Brown-Waech, Des Moines Disability Advocate, Reyma McCoy McDeid - National Council for Independent Living, Executive Director, Sarah Martinez - Access 2 Independence, Executive Director, Ingrid Wensel - To the Rescue, Director of Development and Outreach, and Keith Morgan, Iowa Emergency Management Association President/Story County Emergency Management Coordinator; Silver linings learned from the derecho; Suggestions on improvements; Brief discussion of REAADI/DRMA (Federal legislation); and Q and A.

There will be Zoom captioning and an American Sign Language interpreter provided by Pro Bono ASL. This will also be livestreamed on the Iowa Disability League's Facebook page.