Disability & Emergency Preparedness

The Pulse

10-02-2024 • 28分

Joeita discusses emergency preparedness for people with disabilities with Kaitlynne Lowe, Policy Researcher at MacEachen Institute for Public Policy at Dalhousie University.

From Emergency Supply Kits and Vulnerable Person’s Registries to accessibility barriers in transportation and housing, people with disabilities are often especially vulnerable during a crisis, disaster, or emergency.


  • “Vulnerable in an Emergency Situation” - Opening Clip (00:00)
  • Disability & Emergency Preparedness - Opening Remarks (00:34)
  • Introducing Kaitlynne Lowe (01:47)
  • Public Safety for People with Disabilities (02:15)
  • Emergency Response Capacity Across Canada (03:17)
  • How are People with Disabilities Vulnerable During a Crisis? (05:41)
  • Effective Communication During an Emergency (07:36)
  • Accounting for Local Nuance in Emergency Planning (09:46)
  • Accessibility Barriers in Transportation & Housing (12:30)
  • Vulnerable Person’s Registry (16:23)
  • Emergency Supply Kits (19:25)
  • Rethinking What Constitutes an “Emergency” (22:49)
  • The State of Emergency Preparedness for Canadians with Disabilities (24:57)
  • Show Close (27:27)

Guest Bio:

Kaitlynne Lowe is a Policy Researcher at the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Kaitlynne is a Dalhousie MPA graduate, hopeful life-changer, book lover, theatre-goer, adventurer, and cat mom.

Follow Kaitlynne Lowe on X/Twitter: @KatieALowe

About The Pulse

On The Pulse, host Joeita Gupta brings us closer to issues impacting the disability community across Canada.

Joeita Gupta has nurtured a life-long dream to work in radio! She's blind, moved to Toronto in 2004 and got her start in radio at CKLN, 88.1 FM in Toronto. A former co-host of AMI-audio's Live from Studio 5, Joeita also works full-time at a nonprofit in Toronto, specializing in housing/tenant rights.

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