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Fairfax County 911 to TEXT starts – Sept. 22, 2015 for police/fire/medical emergencies

September 4, 2015 in Emergency Preparedness



On Sept. 22, 2015, Fairfax County’s Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) will begin to accept text messages to 9-1-1 for reporting police/fire/medical emergencies.

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New York City Lawsuit over Disaster Planning for Individuals with Disabilities

November 9, 2012 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Suit May Go On in Disaster Plan for the Disabled

By Benjamin Weiser, 12/8/2012

A judge has agreed to allow a class-action lawsuit to proceed against New York City alleging a systemic failure in addressing the needs of the disabled population in planning for emergencies and disasters.

The lawsuit was filed last year after Tropical Storm Irene; the lawyers have contended that there were significant gaps in the city’s plans to accommodate people with disabilities at city shelters or to evacuate them from high rises, among other claims.   Read more . . . →