Great news!

The Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion for Disasters Act (REAADI) and the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA) are going to be introduced in the House and Senate on June 10, 2019. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is introducing both bills in the Senate while Congressman Langevin (D-RI) will introduce REAADI and Congresswoman Shalala (D-FL) will introduce DRMA in the House.


Attached to this email are bill fact-sheets to provide your organization an overview of both bills.


The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies asks for your help and support to get these new bills passed in this 116th Congress Year.


To this end, you can take one of two options:

  1. send an email to parodi@disasterstrategies.org identifying if your organization supports both REAADI and DRMA or one of them. Please include your name, title, and organization name;
  2. use the attached templates to send your individual Organization Letters of Support for each piece of legislation to the Congresspeople introducing them.


[Casey] REAADI 2019 Senate – Org Support Template

[Casey] DRMA 2019 Senate – Org Support Template

[Langevin] REAADI 2019 House – Org Support Template

[Shalala] DRMA 2019 House – Org Support Template


These bills have been a community effort. We appreciate your ongoing support to ensuring the rights of millions of Americans with disabilities and aging adults are enforced when disasters strike. We kindly ask that you reply to this email with your commitment of support, so that we can ensure your organization’s name is included on the List of Original Organizational Supporters.


The Congresspeople ask that organizations send in their letters by this Thursday, June 6, 2019 to be listed on introduction day.


To send your support to Senator Casey’s office, emails can be sent to Michael Gamel-McCormick at Michael_Gamel-McCormick@aging.senate.gov or to Josh Dubensky at Josh_Dubensky@aging.senate.gov


To send your support to Congressman Langevin for REAADI, emails can be sent to Katherine Lee at Katherine.Lee@house.mail.gov


To send your support to Congresswoman Shalala for DRMA, emails can be sent to Carla McGarvey at Carla.McGarvey@house.mail.gov


Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the survival of people with disabilities, aging adults, and the communities we live in.


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Be safe y en solidaridad,


Germán Luis Parodi

UNDRR Persons with Disabilities Co-Focal Point for the Americas and the Caribbean


Shaylin Sluzalis

Disaster Disability Access Response Team (DART) | Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies