By: Portlight, 8:28 PM GMT on September 30, 2015
After the rains stopped in South Carolina, many people with disabilities were reported to be stranded in their homes, while others have managed to evacuate to shelters. After site visits conducted yesterday by Julia Barrett-Martinelli, the director of AccessAbility, Charleston's center for Independent Living, we know that some of those shelters are not fully accessible.
We're already working with emergency management a...
Updated: 2:55 AM GMT on October 08, 2015
By: Portlight, 1:03 PM GMT on September 16, 2015
Portlight Strategies, Inc., a grassroots, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by and for people with disabilities, to foster their self-determination and self-actualization. Over the years, we have developed a disaster relief program, to fill a documented void in our community. Through that work, we have become a clearinghouse of information for people with disabilities, before, during and after natural and manmade di...
By: Portlight, 3:53 PM GMT on September 08, 2015
Nearly 2 years ago, Portlight signed a Letter of Agreement with the American Red Cross, with the intention of improving disaster services for people with disabilities. Both agreed to work together to make Red Cross shelters more accessible, and to ensure fully inclusive disaster planning.
In the time since our important partnership began, Portlight has advised Red Cross on a number of initiatives, includi...
Updated: 5:06 PM GMT on September 08, 2015
By: Portlight, 5:46 PM GMT on August 26, 2015
Disability Stakeholder Organizations Commemorate Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary
Washington, DC - The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and Portlight Strategies (Portlight), national disability stakeholder organizations, today issued the following statement commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:
"Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina struck the ...
Updated: 6:27 PM GMT on August 26, 2015
By: Portlight, 9:55 PM GMT on August 06, 2015
President Declares Disaster for Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Release date: AUGUST 6, 2015
Release Number: HQ-15-056
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and ordered federal ...
Updated: 11:52 PM GMT on August 06, 2015