As hurricane season ramps up, how are the disaster planners considering those with disabilities in your community? Texas-based journalist Greg Harman shares the story of one group that sued their city over claims it failed to properly prepare. And he extracts some rules of thumb to help determine if emergency planners are taking those with disabilities into consideration where you are.
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"Eastern New England was bracing Thursday afternoon for the arrival of Hurricane Lee, which was expected to bring a nasty mix of heavy rain, strong winds and high seas to the region starting Friday and lasting into Saturday, forecasters said."
"The Biden administration on Tuesday approved a wind energy project off Rhode Island, the fourth major commercial-scale offshore wind energy project approved by the Biden Interior Department."
"Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the “Save the Hudson” bill into law on Friday, banning any further radioactive waste dumping in the Hudson River."
Meet SEJ member Gwendolyn Craig! Gwen has covered public policy and environmental regulation for the Adirondack Explorer magazine since January 2020. She takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website and shares her content with the Times Union in Albany.
"New York City’s biggest buildings are complying with a landmark emissions law at a much faster rate than the city expected, undermining the real estate sector’s claims that the rules will be too hard to meet."
"A beloved bookstore in Vermont’s small capital city moved across the street to a new spot farther from the Winooski River after an ice jam sent river water into the store in 1992. A nearby office supply and gift store did the same in 2011 because it liked a different space that came with a bonus: it was higher and farther from the river."