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Several disability advocacy organizations have voiced alarm and concern over the federal government's response to recent natural disasters. They claim that the rights and safety of people with disabilities caught in the middle of disasters have not been adequately addressed. Complaints from the disability focus particularly on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and 3 other federal agencies. Issues identified range from lack of accessible transportation for evacuees, inaccessible shelters, preparedness and response strategic plans making no mention of people with disabilities, and evacuees being inappropriately placed in nursing homes because of housing damage.

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