ADA National Network Learning Session: Inclusive Emergency Planning – Lessons from the City of Los Angeles Lawsuit

ADA National Network Learning Session: Inclusive Emergency Planning – Lessons from the City of Los Angeles Lawsuit

11th December, 2014

This webinar provides an overview of major lessons observed as The City of Los Angeles works to strengthen its inclusion of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in Executive Directives, Emergency Operations Plan, departmental standard operating procedures and training. Focus will include planning processes, roles and responsibilities, resource management, agreements, community stakeholder integration, other tools for success. Examples will be provided regarding communication, mass care and sheltering, evacuation, and maintaining health.

We encourage you to join us on December 11th, 2014.


  • Kari Tatro is the Executive Vice President of Emergency Management Operations for BCFS HHS, an international system of nonprofit corporations. Ms. Tatro manages a comprehensive emergency management program for all hazards planning, preparedness, response and recovery operations, with specific emphasis on Emergency Support Functions 6 and 8, including mass care, medical needs operations, and functional needs support services. She has functioned as command staff for multiple catastrophic incident responses including Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav and Ike, served as the executive manager and subject matter expert responsible for developing the FEMA document and curriculum on integrating Functional Need Support Services (FNSS) into general population sheltering, published in 2010. Ms. Tatro started her career as a wild land fire fighter for the United States Forest Service before moving into a position working for the State of Texas coordinating emergency management activities for 16 counties.
  • June Isaacson Kailes, Disability Policy Consultant and Associate Director of the Center for Disability and Health Policy, has helped moved the emergency management world from a vague "special needs" focus to a functional needs approach to planning, response and recovery. This includes adopting use of Functional Assessment Service Teams, which strategically link government, nonprofit and business sectors to work with people to maintain their independence, mobility, health, safety, and successfully manage in general population shelters, other mass care facilities and temporary housing options. June trains and publishes extensively on emergency issues related to people with disabilities and activity limitations.


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