Emergency Management Lawsuit to Move Forward

A Federal District Court in Manhattan will allow a class action lawsuit to move forward on behalf of 900,000 residents who have disabilities who claim that New York City is not prepared to address their needs in emergencies and disasters. Among other issues, the suit alleges that there are serious gaps in the city’s plans to accommodate people with disabilities at city shelters and to evacuate them from high rises. The suit originally was filed last year after Hurricane Irene. After Hurricane Sandy, the judge said that “. . . it is beyond ‘mere conjecture’ that another disaster, whether natural or man-made, will occur and that it will seriously affect members of the proposed class.”