Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
Shari Myers, Paul Timmons
Learn how to engage with Red Cross, local emergency management agencies, and other important community partners, to ensure inclusion in disaster planning.
Learn how to identify opportunities to work together for the mutual benefit of all partners, i.e., emergency preparedness education and training, including how to foster participation of people with disabilities in drills and exercises, and training for emergency management on disability culture, the IL movement, and developing disability competency within their profession.
Understand the importance of encouraging people with disabilities to volunteer, particularly with Red Cross. In addition, how to help volunteer agencies create an environment which welcomes us, and recognizes our value as subject matter experts.
Discuss ways in which your center can or does promote disaster awareness, or otherwise provide specific education or training on emergency preparedness.
Identity what other resources or partnerships you currently have for inclusive planning and emergency preparedness education.
Preparedness as a Lifestyle Choice
Glen White, Catherine “Cat” Howland, Val Renault
Hear about how one country helped establish a plan to address disaster preparation and emergency response needs of vulnerable populations.
Learn about the steps you can take to prepare yourself for natural and manmade disasters, including public health threats.
Learn how you can also prepare for the safety of your service animals and pets in the event of an emergency.
APRIL Annual Conference
Kathy Baker, Maia Santamaria, Jill Baldwin
The purpose of the workshop is to empower people who have disabilities to prepare for, mitigate the effects of, thrive through and recover from the mental health aspects of emergencies in rural settings. The nature of the workshop will be via Zoom with a PowerPoint and handouts. We will discuss the mental health impact of emergencies on people who have disabilities. We will help participants design their own emergency Bag of Tricks to cope with their mental health during emergency situations and discuss some of the items that could be used in a emergency Go
Bag. By the end of this workshop, attendees will:
• Have a better understanding of the impact of emergency situations on the mental health of people who have disabilities,
including those who already have mental/emotional health disabilities
• make a mental health plan and learn how to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic
• Create a Bag of Tricks to cope with mental health issues surrounding emergencies
• Compile a Go Bag
Jim House, Deborah Witmer, Joshua Hackney, Ivan Tudela
Attendees will learn from panelists on how advocates can connect with and contribute to local emergency planning committees using the Whole Community Approach with special emphasis on Access and Functional Needs. Other ways to participate include Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Disaster Exercises and community events.
Be a Hero: Emergency Preparedness Planning for People with Disabilities
Julia Beems and Candiss Leathers