The city of Ottawa and OC Transpo need to work with residents with disabilities to prepare for emergencies.
As you might remember, the Ottawa Transit Riders held a Para Awareness event at city hall in September 2023.
ONE of our demands is that First Responders meet face-to-face with people with disabilities to discuss how they would evacuate people in an emergency.
I don’t want to be alarmist, but it’s always better to be prepared for the worst than to be surprised by easily foreseeable challenges. If, for example, the city needs special equipment to evacuate people using certain types of wheelchairs, then we should make sure that the city obtains such equipment before we need it.
The city is hosting a session concerning Emergency Preparedness for persons with disabilities on February 13, from 1-3 p.m.
The City’s Office of Emergency Management, Accessibility Office and Ottawa Public Health will provide information and resources with a focus on key emergency preparedness considerations for those living with disabilities. The second portion of the session will be a facilitated discussion to learn about the needs, perspectives, concerns and questions shared by attendees, as well as explore opportunities for further collaboration with you. Topics include making a plan, preparing an emergency kit, and staying connected during emergencies. The event will take place Tuesday February 13 virtually on zoom from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST).
Registration will be open until 4:00 pm Monday February 12. A Zoom link will be shared with registrants the evening before the event. If you require support to complete this form, please contact the Accessibility Office at 613-580-2424 extension 21633 or at [email protected].
To promote the inclusion of all participants, the following supports are in place for the event:
American Sign Language (ASL)
Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)
Continuous real-time captioning in English and French
Simultaneous English and French audio translation
When registering, please let us know if you require any additional accommodations to participate.