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Disaster Relief for People with Disabilities: NCIL + Portlight Strategies

Portlight Strategies logoAs of today, we are just a few days shy of being halfway through the 2014 hurricane season. So far, it’s been a quiet one for the U.S. mainland, with Hawaii mostly dodging what could have been a devastating one-two punch from Iselle and Julio, had they not downgraded in strength. As we know all too well, though, we can’t afford to get complacent.

This season, Portlight Strategies hopes to deploy a new disaster shelter trailer, which will help assist shelter operators in making their facilities fully accessible to people with all types of disabilities. This will include ramping, railings, cots, dinner and drinkware, and assistive technologies for those with vision, hearing, cognitive and developmental delays. As with previous relief efforts, Portlight Strategies will also bring durable medical equipment to replace any that may be lost to storm damage or flooding. This trailer would be deployed to your area if needed during a disaster to assist your consumers.

Portlight Strategies recently signed a memorandum of understanding with NCIL, to work together to better serve the disability community during times of disaster. Portlight also serves on the NCIL Emergency Management Subcommittee, which is led by Christy Dunaway. Portlight is excited to continue and grow our relationship with NCIL and its members through projects like this. If you would like more information about this project, please visit