Archives: Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series
September 11th 2014

Topic : Registries: Its not about the List!

Description :The whole community approach to emergency management requires an informed and shared understanding of a community risks, needs, and capabilities. Communities often consider using Emergency Assistance Registries as a strategy for gaining such an understanding of their populations with communications, medical, independence, support, or transportation access or functional dependencies. Drawing on recent research, this talk will not focus on "the list"; rather, it will focus on four concepts critical to making registries about the people: registry purpose, inherent contract, location vs. hazard, and contract fulfillment. These concepts will be explained by showing how they played out in one community's registry operation.
July 1st 2014

Topic : Including Disability in State and Local Offices of Emergency Management

Description :It is important to include the voice of people with disabilities in planning and preparation for emergency management. This can be accomplished through the inclusion of community members who have disabilities when preparing, training, or developing for emergency plans. It can be equally important to have people with disabilities located in the offices of emergency management or related offices to convey the disability perspective.This talk includes speakers who will provide first-hand experience with getting the disability voice included.
May 8th 2014

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.
March 27th 2014

Topic : Evacuation Chairs:Recent Research and New Performance Standards

Description :
Evacuation chairs are recognized as an important component for safe emergency exit from high-rises, although they are used to assist with exit from any building which requires travel on stairs. Information on evacuation chairs has largely been anecdotal, however, or provided by manufacturers.
The webinar will cover recent FEMA-funded research on the use of three main types of stair descent devices, including evacuation chairs. Results discussed will include demands on operators of the devices, as well as pilot data regarding consumer opinion of each device.
The session will also cover the first performance standard on evacuation chairs, ANSI/RESNA ED-1:2013, and the key recommendations of a draft RESNA Position Paper on their use
January 8th 2014

Topic : Oakland California's Journey from Emergency Management Defendant to Model City for Inclusionary Practices

Description :

In 2009, the City of Oakland was the subject of a major lawsuit saying that its emergency management policies, practices and procedures fell short of providing individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to survive disasters and other emergencies. Hear how Oakland met the challenge by engaging a wide group of stakeholders and integrating progressive functional needs access frameworks into all aspects of its emergency management planning and response programs. The session will cover the tools that Oakland created and how local government agencies can efficiently and effectively transform their emergency preparedness programs.

November 12th 2013

Topic : Communication with People with Disabilities in Disasters

Description :

When disasters strike, accurate and timely information is one of the most important elements for individuals with disabilities to receive. This webinar will focus on communicating with people with disabilities during and after an emergency or disaster including warnings, emergency public information, and disaster recovery information using experiences and observations from the May 2013 Severe Weather, Tornadoes, and Flooding in Oklahoma. Best practices, successful approaches, and new technology for communicating with people who are blind or have visual impairments, are deaf or have hearing limitations, or have a cognitive disability will be shared by presenters.

September 26th 2013

Topic : Evacuation and Transportation in Emergencies for People with Disabilities

Description :

Often one of the most difficult issues in a coming emergency or disaster is the evacuation and transportation of people with disabilities. This presentation will discuss the access and functional needs issues that must be considered by individuals, jurisdictions, emergency managers, and transportation planners in planning evacuation and transportation in emergencies. Gap analysis tools will be shared and a review of resources provided.

June 26th 2013

Topic : Using FEMA's functional needs guidance in shelters

Description :

Two years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided new guidance to eliminate special needs shelters and move to general population shelters with their document “Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters.” This webinar will cover how general population shelters have incorporated FEMAs Functional Needs Services and Support (FNSS) guidance and the Communication, Medical, Independence, Supervision, and Transportation (C-MIST) framework for planning and response.

April 10th 2013

Topic : High Rise Evacuation for People with Disabilities

Description :

When emergencies strike and people in high rise structures are involved, organized evacuation of the building is necessary. People with disabilities are often thought to be hindrances to this organized evacuation or, worse, are afterthoughts in the evacuation process – putting them at greater risk. This session, hosted by the Pacific ADA Center, will include representatives from building code, evacuation chair development, and fire agencies to discuss how planning, building codes, and evacuation chair and other technologies are being used to improve the evacuation of people with disabilities from high rise buildings.

October 25th 2012

Topic : The State, Local and Community Response to Emergencies - How Disability Fits (Part 2 - Response)

Description :The response to emergencies starts at the local or community level. How people with disabilities fit in to local and state preparedness, especially in regards to response is the subject of this third in a series of webinars on emergency management. This session, hosted by the Pacific ADA Center will include representatives from local government and non-profit organizations to discuss how they each are involved in emergencies from the point of view of people with disabilities.
September 13th 2012

Topic : The State, Local, and Community Response to Emergencies- How Disability Fits (Part 1- Planning)

Description :In the first of a two part webinar, we will cover how state and local agencies plan for emergencies. We will cover State plans including the emergency support functions (such as sheltering, communications, and evacuation). We will describe how local jurisdictions’ emergency plans are coordinated with state plans. In looking at the planning processes, we will also point to places where people with disabilities are included and can be included in the process. The next webinar will examine how state and local jurisdictions integrate in response at the local level and how people with disabilities are included.
August 22nd 2012

Topic : The Federal Response to Emergencies and Disasters - How Disability Fits

Description : Federal response to emergencies since Hurricane Katrina has evolved, particularly in regards to people with disabilities. In the first of a series of webinars on emergency management, this session hosted by the Pacific ADA Center will present federal representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss how the federal government is involved in emergencies from the point of view of people with disabilities. A review of the laws that involve emergency management and people with disabilities will be covered. A discussion of how FEMA works in relation to emergencies will follow including real-world examples from Regional Disability Integration Specialists from FEMA from this past year of significant disasters.