Civil Rights and Emergency Preparedness

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U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Transit



SUBJECT:   Civil Rights and Emergency Preparedness

PROGRAM AREAS:  Civil Rights Program; Emergency Preparedness

DATE:  May 3, 2007

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Civil Rights (TCR) has begun to provide guidance and technical assistance to grant recipients in order to ensure that their emergency preparedness, disaster response, and disaster recovery planning and operations comply with these Federal civil rights laws and are consistent with Executive Orders on Environmental Justice (EO 12898), Limited English Proficiency (EO 13166), and Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness (EO 13347).

This technical assistance includes the following report: The demographic profile of each metropolitan area featured in this report is located at

FTA TCR commissioned this report in order to promote nondiscrimination in the emergency preparedness activities administered by recipients of FTA financial assistance. This report reviews the extent to which transit providers, metropolitan planning organizations, and state departments of transportation in selected metropolitan areas in the United States and Puerto Rico are identifying and addressing the needs of populations that may be especially vulnerable in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. This report also provides resources that should assist officials in these and other metropolitan regions to better incorporate attention to populations with specific mobility needs into their ongoing emergency preparedness planning activities.
In conjunction with the report, Geographic Imaging System (GIS) maps of twenty metropolitan regions were developed. These maps highlight areas with high concentration of minority and low-income populations, persons with limited English proficiency, and households without personal vehicles. These maps should be helpful to State Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and transit agencies in identifying and assisting populations that may need assistance in an emergency evacuation.

In the coming weeks, TCR will be disseminating the report and demographic profiles to the transportation research, transit agency, and emergency management community. We will also be integrating the content of this study into “Connecting Communities” workshops held by FTA’s Office of Safety and Security (TSS) and the National Transit Institute (NTI). These workshops bring together transit industry and emergency management officials in metropolitan areas to discuss how the two fields can better collaborate in emergency situations.

Contact the regional Equal Opportunity Specialist at 206-220-7954 if you have any questions concerning this notice.



R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator