ADA National Network Webinar Series: Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Schedule 2017-18

These 90 minute webinars are delivered by the Pacific ADA Center using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. All sessions will be captioned, recorded and archived.

This program is delivered via both webinar platform and via telephone (additional charges may apply). Real-time captioning is available via the webinar platform.

Webinars begin at ET: 2.30pm, CT: 1.30pm, MT:12.30pm, PT:11.30am, Hawaii: 9.30am during mainland Standard Time; 8.30am during mainland Daylight Savings Time

ADA National Network Learning Session: Smart911 Program Outcomes during the Missoula 2017 Wildfire Season - Lessons from a whole community approach to emergency planning

14th June, 2018

Registration for this webinar is not yet open.

In February 2012, Missoula County acquired Smart911 and later added SmartPrepare and Rave Alerts. The Missoula LEPC and DPC integrated these systems into emergency management activities, including response activities during the 2017 Missoula Wildfire Season. Presenters will share lessons learned from targeted promotion activities and use of the systems to reach persons with disabilities and with access and functional needs.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about how to use Smart911, SmartPrepare, and Rave Alerts to reach persons with disabilities and with access and functional needs.


Nick Holloway has been with the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management since 2012 and he has an active role in the emergency operations center and joint information center. Nick developed and coordinates Missoula County's Volunteer and Donations Management program and facilitates Missoula County's Community Organizations Active in Disaster or COAD program, both of which were activated during the busy 2017 wildfire season.

Nick also serves as a public information officer on the Western Montana Incident Management Team, a regional all-hazards type 3 IMT. In the past year, he deployed to wildfire incidents and snow emergencies around Montana.

Meg Ann Traci is a senior scientist with expertise in both early childhood and life-span development. Her research is committed to improving the health and wellness of persons with disabilities. She is a member of RHEC VIII and is the senior consultant on the Montana Disability and Health Program, one of the CDCs 19 State Programs on Disability and Health. In this role, she has been working with community and emergency management partners to take a whole community approach to emergency planning, response, and recovery.

ADA National Network Learning Session: Feeling Safe, Being Safe Going Forward

9th August, 2018

Feeling Safe, Being Safe was the first online emergency preparedness training series developed by people with intellectual disabilities for people with disabilities and older adults.

The success of Feeling Safe, Being Safe has encouraged adaptation of this model for training development and delivery on a variety of related disability inclusive emergency management initiatives throughout disaster response, recovery and mitigation.

This webinar will examine the strategies used to develop and pilot the community based online community training module, train-the-trainer series and easy-to-use materials. Webinar facilitators will speak about the value of end-user engagement in emergency management training tools.

Feeling Safe, Being Safe was originally developed by The Board Resource Center and California Department of Developmental Services with funding from FEMA/DHS in 2009.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the value of end-user input throughout design and training.
  • Understand ways to adapt Feeling Safe, Being Safe tools and training for unique regional needs.
  • Learn basic methodologies to replicate Feeling Safe, Being Safe tools and training.


Marcie Roth is the CEO of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. Previously, Marcie served as Senior Advisor to FEMA Administrator Fugate and was the Director of the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) after her appointment by President Obama in June 2009. While at FEMA, Marcie led the national transformation towards integrating the access and functional needs of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of whole community emergency and disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

Mark Starford is the Director of The Board Resource Center (BRC). Since 1994 BRC has been providing leadership training and developing accessible tools for organizations and government agencies that advocate for, and provide services to, underserved communities. BRC's focus is on developing adapted sustainable multi-media materials to increase community inclusion, personal safety, and civic engagement for persons with disabilities and older persons. Recent priorities include disability inclusive emergency preparedness, abuse prevention and end-of-life advance planning.