The Hotline (By The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies and Portlight Strategies) provides referrals for disaster assistance with:

  • Disaster-related problem-solving
  • Evacuation strategies and issues
  • Shelter accessibility issues
  • Temporary housing strategies
  • Assistive devices, durable medical equipment and consumable medical supply referrals
  • Just-In-Time Disaster Response and Recovery Training- Web-Based and On-Site


The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (PIDS) is a growing national coalition, assessing the current state of disaster planning across the country, and identifying ways disability community leaders can assertively engage with emergency management at every level. This includes advocating for full inclusion at the planning table, in all disaster cycle services and in achieving universal accessibility throughout preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. The Partnership is committed to improving individual, family and community emergency preparedness, facilitating the involvement of stakeholder organizations, developing and implementing strategies for universal accessibility and measuring outcomes to drive progress. We are committed to increasing individual and community capacity for achieving equal access and full inclusion of people with disabilities and others who also have access and functional needs for optimal preparedness and support when disaster strikes. In all aspects of disaster planning and emergency preparedness, the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies is committed to unifying and amplifying the voices of our Partners into one powerful force.

Portlight Strategies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. Portlight’s longest running disaster recovery effort followed the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in the shore communities of New Jersey and parts of New York City, and lasted for 18 months. During that time, we replaced lost durable medical equipment and ramping, and assisted residents in purchasing and installing accessibility equipment that was made necessary after their homes were elevated to meet federal flood insurance requirements.

Through ongoing programs like our Getting It Right conferences, we are working to promote self-determination of needs and issues with respect to disaster preparedness and response. We foster community relationships with these agencies to promote inclusiveness in disaster preparedness and response plans and to demand provisions for transportation and shelter accessibility


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