Disabilities in Disaster Situations How a Rescuer Handles What They Encounter

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Daryl Schaffer


Disaster, Responders, Disability


Individuals with disabilities are often disproportionately affected by disaster. With little research focused on rescue operations impacting individuals with disabilities during large disasters, three themes are reviewed: re-leveling expectations; misunderstanding of triage and crisis medical protocols; and light switch fallacy by responders and individuals with disabilities before, during, and after rescue operations.

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