The U.S. Department of Transportation established the Emergency Transportation Subcommittee to support the goals of the Executive Order and the work of the Coordinating Council. The Emergency Transportation Subcommittee serves as a mechanism to evaluate the status of emergency preparedness as it relates to people with disabilities and transportation systems.
In the midst of an emergency, communication about the incident and the means to remain safe are critical to avoiding panic, minimizing injuries, and saving lives. The Emergency Transportation Subcommittee is evaluating existing transportation regulations and their relationship to the needs of individuals with disabilities during an emergency. In addition, the Subcommittee plans to research, evaluate and provide examples of best practices and systems for planning and implementing emergency preparedness transportation policies and programs for people with disabilities, their family members, their employers and service providers. Other subcommittees of the Coordinating Council include:
- Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace
- Emergency Communication
- Technical Assistance and Outreach
- State, Local, and Tribal Government Coordination
- Private Sector Coordination
Information on each of these subcommittees can be found on the Coordinating Council's website.