Last summer, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado prompted the evacuation of more than 30,000 people in the region. A month after the fire was contained, a pair of local organizations that support people with disabilities, The Independence Center and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, held a public forum and conducted online surveys to collect information on accessibility barriers encountered during the fire.
Their report, “Summary of Findings: Waldo Canyon Fire Forum for People with Disabilities” highlights issues that arose, and offers suggestions from people with disabilities on how to better plan for emergencies. In the latest issue of NFPA Journal, Molly Mowery explores this challenge, and highlights the report in her latest Wildfire Watch column.
Additional fire safety information and education materials for people with disabilities can be found on NFPA's consumer safety page. Check out their latest issue of E-Access, a bi-monthly newsletter designed to help reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life for people with disabilities. There's also an emergency evacuation planning guide, videos, checklists and much more.