FEMA Promising Practice: Including Emergency Management in Independent Living Centers to Maximize Potential for Whole Community Preparedness

FEMA Promising Practice: Including Emergency Management in Independent Living Centers to Maximize Potential for Whole Community Preparedness

13th November, 2014

Without cooperative approaches people with disabilities will be greatly impacted during all phases of disaster. This presentation will engage audiences on how offices of emergency management can work with disability organizations to increase inclusive emergency management practices within local communities. Additionally, this session will explore innovative ways disability organizations can organize to provide resources towards disaster systems.

We encourage you to join us on November 13th, 2014.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will gain an understanding about the important relationships which must be developed between local offices of emergency management and disability organizations. Additionally, attendees will be exposed to cross organizational terminology and cultures. Lastly, this session will further explore how disability organizations can take initiative and help to build preparedness systems for those they serve on their own.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Patricia Yeager is the Chief Executive Officer for The Independence Center in Colorado Springs. She has more than 30 years of experience with the independent living movement and efforts to provide accessibility for people with disabilities. Patricia has championed change in her community by ensuring the discussion of preparedness and safety for people with disabilities is included in emergency planning and response efforts.
  • Nick DeSutter is The Independence Center's Emergency Program Manager. He served eight years in the United States Army and brings an emergency management perspective to the disability community. In his role he provides emergency training workshops and works in partnership with city and county offices of emergency management to ensure efforts include systems for people with disabilities.

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