Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series

National state, and local entities and communities are increasingly planning emergency management and preparedness to handle disasters. Emergencies and disasters can be particularly concerning for people with disabilities. Successful outcomes for people with disabilities in disasters will depend on the how inclusive the plans are. These free 90 minute webinars will focus on key strategies and approaches at various levels (federal, state, and local) toward emergency management and preparedness and the inclusion of people with disabilities. All sessions are real time captioned.
Next Session:Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:00pm ET
Topic : Nontraditional Emergency Shelters and People with Disabilities
Description :

Disasters can be unpredictable in scope, scale and size. In most cases, traditional shelters will meet an incident’s needs. However, in some disasters, there may be a need to establish non-traditional shelters to meet 1) disaster survivors’ immediate needs or 2) the need to locate residents closer to their community during the recovery phase. Non-traditional shelters may include soft sided structures in open areas as well as mega-shelter sites. Each presents a unique set of circumstances which require specific planning in order to meet the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. This webinar will identify specific planning considerations relative to nontraditional sheltering in order to adequately meet the needs of the whole community.
Learning Objectives :
  • Identify functional needs support services (FNSS) planning considerations for a nontraditional shelter response
  • Identify specific issues that will need to be discussed, in advance, with partners and vendors to ensure accessibility and accommodation for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs
  • Identify FNSS related considerations when conducting long term nontraditional shelter operations
Presenter :
Kari Tatro - Executive Vice President of Emergency Management Operations,BCFS HHS