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Civil Rights and Emergency Preparedness

United States Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration

Recent emergencies such as the September 11, 2001 attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have focused nationwide attention on emergency preparedness and on the specific needs of people with disabilities, older adults, people with low-incomes, people with limited English proficiency in emergencies.

Civil Rights Statutes including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 provide that persons in the United States shall not be denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or subject to discrimination under Federally Funded programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age.