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Helping hand for disabled during emergencies

By Eric Singer, Anchor/Reporter , e.singer@krdo.com
Published On: Oct 11 2013 07:33:30 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 11 2013 07:41:43 PM CDT

Helping hand for disabled during emergencies

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -

There's a quiet office in the Independence Center that helps bring clarity for hundreds during a storm or any other kind of emergency.  Nick DeSutter is the Center's Emergency Preparedness planner.  It's a long title with a big responsibility, "I really liked the idea of being an innovator in this particular field.  I get to focus on people with various disabilities as it pertains to emergency preparedness."  Nick's goal is to seamlessly connect federal and local help to the disabled before, during and after an emergency.

Nick DeSutter is a man who has a keen awareness to logistics and planning.  He served in the U.S. Army for ten years.  He left the service in May of this year and came on board with the Independence Center, two months later.  Nick said it's been a perfect fit for him. 

As he explained to me, the needs of the disabled community are so much different than others to prepare for an emergency, "Someone who may have an oxygen need who has to go to a shelter is different than someone who is blind and goes to a shelter or someone who lives with Alzheimer's or dementia."

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