REAADI for Disasters Act: A Summary

REAADI logo: image of a sun with the words "Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion" wrapped around inside the sun, and the words "REAADI for Disasters Act" in the center of the sun.

The REAADI for Disasters Act was reintroduced on March 29, 2023 in both the Senate (S. 1049) and House (H.R. 2371), here is a brief summary per section.

Click on a section below to expand it, and read the abbreviated summary of content for the section of the bill.

The Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion (REAADI) for Disasters Act provides solutions for persons with disabilities and older adults during the ever-increasing number of disasters in the United States. The REAADI Act will enable persons to maintain their health, safety, and independence before, during, and after disasters.

The Act includes seven specific provisions: (1) funding research; (2) developing and delivering training and technical assistance; (3) creating a national commission that includes persons with disabilities; (4) Recognizes the role for centers for independent living throughout local disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. (5) establish in statute the Crisis Standards of Care issued by HHS/OCR during the pandemic and to apply those standards to all public health emergencies and disasters. (6) establishing a Department of Justice review of the Americans with Disabilities Act noncompliance settlement agreements; and (7) creating a government accountability review process for federal funds utilized for disasters to ensure compliance with federal law.

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