Final Guidelines for Emergency Transportable Housing

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Published in the Federal Register May 7, 2014.

36 CFR Part 1191
RIN 3014-AA39

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines; Emergency Transportable Housing Units

AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION: Final Rule.

SUMMARY: We, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), are issuing a final rule that amends the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines to specifically address emergency transportable housing units provided to disaster survivors by entities subject to the ADA or ABA. The final rule ensures that the emergency transportable housing units are readily accessible to and usable by disaster survivors with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is required to update its accessibility standards for the design, construction, and alteration of facilities (other than certain transportation facilities) by entities subject to the ADA to be consistent with the final rule. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is required to update its accessibility standards for the design, construction, and alteration of residential facilities by entities subject to the ABA to be consistent with the final rule.

DATES: The final rule is effective June 6, 2014. Compliance is not required by entities subject to the ADA until DOJ updates its accessibility standards to be consistent with the final rule.  Compliance is not required by entities subject to the ABA until HUD updates its accessibility standards to be consistent with the final rule.

The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 21, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marsha Mazz, U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004–1111. Telephone numbers: (202) 272–0020 (voice) or (202) 272–0076 (TTY). E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents for Preamble

1. Executive Summary
2. Statutory and Regulatory Background
3. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
4. Rulemaking History
5. Comments on Proposed Rule
   A. Scoping Requirements for Units with Mobility Features
   B. Scoping Requirements for Units with Communication Features
   C. Needs of Individuals with Chemical and Electrical Sensitivities
6. Discussion of Final Rule
7. Regulatory Analyses
Notes
Amendatory Language

In this preamble, “we,” “our” and “us” refer to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board).1