Los Angelenos claimed the city’s emergency plans do not address the needs of disabled residents. Consequently, the city of Los Angeles agreed to pay $2.1 million in fees and other costs for attorneys who sued on behalf of those disabled Angelenos. Additionally, the federal judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to draft a proposal on assisting disabled residents during an emergency or natural disaster.
The lawsuit stated that those who are disabled cannot access critical information, transportation or evacuation services as easily as those who are not. As a result, disabled persons are more likely to use emergency shelters as they do not have many other options.