UMass Boston- International Conference Spotlights New Paradigm in Preparedness
Despite her numerous calls for evacuation assistance, quadriplegic Benilda Caixeta was trapped in her New Orleans home when Hurricane Katrina hit. Marcie Roth, the woman who one day would become FEMA senior advisor on disability issues, comforted Benilda by telephone for hours through the storm only to hear tragedy unfold as flood waters rushed in and took Benilda's life. Suddenly, the phone line went silent. More...