NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Advocates and New York City officials are praising a deal they’ve struck to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities in the event of a disaster.

The agreement, announced Wednesday, calls for an upgrading of disaster centers to accommodate 120,000 disabled people by September 2017.

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The deal resulted from a federal class-action lawsuit brought in 2011.

The lawsuit was filed a year before Superstorm Sandy left many disabled residents stranded in high-rise buildings and other areas, unsure where to turn for help.

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New York City’s top attorney, Zachary Carter, said he is extremely pleased with the agreement. He says it puts New York at the forefront of emergency preparedness nationwide.

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