Emergency Preparedness Webinars
Produced by the Pacific ADA Center and the ADA National Network.
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 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.
ADA National Network Learning Session: Innovative Ideas for Ensuring Your Emergency Operations Plans are Inclusive for the Whole Community
9th November, 2017
Registration for this webinar is not yet open.
Ensuring your Emergency Operations Plans are inclusive of the whole community can come with challenges. In this presentation, we will explore innovative, efficient, and effective tools that will guide an agency to meet ADA requirements for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. Reseources will be shared that will assist plans with compliance, while building comprehensive and collaborative partnerships in commnuities to enhance emergency plans.
- Raise awareness of what anagency needs to do to ensure that emergency operations are in compliance.
- Raise confidence in bringing the appropriate agencies to the table to help build inclusive plans.
- Learn the resource tools needed to comply with ADA regulations for emergency plans.
Kathy Gerk served as the Emergency Services Manager for the City of Richmond Fire Department Office of Emergency Services for 28 years. Ms. Gerk developed and implemented the REACT (Richmond Emergency Action Community Teams) in 1995. This program was developed from the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program, and then customized to meet Richmond's specialized needs and threats adding hazardous materials awareness, shelter-in-place instructions, as well as a communications component. The REACT program was groundbreaking, as training was implemented at Richmond High School. The program was awarded the Helen Putnam Award of Excellence for five consecutive years beginning in 1997.
Kathy has served on numerous committees across the city, county, state and nation including Chair of the IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers) Access and Inclusion Caucus, Chair of the California Governors CERT Advisory Work Group, Chair of Contra Costa County Cities Citizens Corps/CERT Committee, Chair of City of Richmond PWD/E (People with Disabilities/Elderly) Work Group, among several others. She was instrumental in developing the C8 (Contra Costa County Cities Citizens Corps CERT Committee) promoting partnership efforts between emergency services agencies and the communities they serve. She has received numerous awards including FEMA's 2009 Honorable Mention for National Citizens Corps Achievement Award Celebrating Resilient Communities - one of five in the nation.
How Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST) are being implemented in 3 states
12th October, 2017
When people are displaced from their homes during a disaster and find it necessary to stay in a community shelter, it is essential that community officials, responders, and ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Emergency Planning for Institutional Facilities
13th July, 2017
The International Building Code and International Fire Code have unique emergency criteria for assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and jails. In these types ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Clear & Effective Emergency Communications over Wireless Devices
11th May, 2017
During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving emergency messages that inform those in the impacted area and compel them to take ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Emergency communications approaches during and after an emergency
9th March, 2017
It is well known that people who are deaf or hard of hearing can experience communication issues during emergency announcements. It is also well-known that meetings need ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Engaging Emergency Management Leadership to be Champions of Disability Integration and Inclusive Planning
9th February, 2017
The Commonwealth of Virginia has learned that a whole community approach to emergency management requires leadership that promotes and champions inclusive emergency planning ...
Including Disability: The Updated California Office of Emergency Services Active Shooter Awareness Guidance
12th January, 2017
On December 2, 2015, terrorists attacked the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. Because the center serves individuals with intellectual disabilities, initial ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Perspectives of Building Occupants with Mobility Impairments on Fire Evacuation and Elevators
8th December, 2016
Safe and effective evacuation during a fire or other catastrophic event requires planning, practice, and available options to exit the building. Building occupants with ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Working with Disability Partners in FEMA Long-Term Recovery Programs
10th November, 2016
FEMA Disability Integration Advisors work closely with disability partners to ensure they are imbedded into all areas of recovery. Disability partners play a crucial role in ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: National Fire Protection Association- Emergency Evacuation Planning for People with Disabilities
27th October, 2016
PLEASE NOTE: This webinar was rescheduled to October 27, 2016 AT 2:30 Eastern Time.
General advice about major disasters says each of us will very likely need to take ...
FEMA Promising Practices: Fire preparedness and Post-Disaster Accessibility Issues in the Home
8th September, 2016
This webinar will have two presentations that look at fire preparedness for people with disabilities and accessibility issues in the home. The first is Home Fire Safety ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Disaster Behavioral Health and People With Access and Functional Needs: Resources from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
11th August, 2016
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Strategies for Effective Communication with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Emergencies
14th July, 2016
This presentation will provide two examples of practices for effective communications with people with disabilities in emergencies. The first is a partnership between Center ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Cal OES Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) Web Map - Integration Through Innovation
9th June, 2016
A key component of disaster response is the capability to rapidly identify and deploy the resources needed before, during, and after emergencies. These resources, which are ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Disability Inclusion in Planning and Hawaii Personal Preparedness
12th May, 2016
Full and meaningful inclusion of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in the emergency management process needs shared understanding, ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning- Projects from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
14th April, 2016
At the federal level, while FEMA gets most of the attention for doing work around emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also involved. CDC funds ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Establishing Disability Community Preparedness
10th March, 2016
In this webinar, two presentations will demonstrate practices in the field that assist in the preparedness of people with disabilities. In the first half, presenters will ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Accessible Means of Egress/Emergency Evacuation
11th February, 2016
The way someone enters and moves into a building is not always the same way they move to evacuate a building in an emergency. In addition to accessible entry, persons with ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Communication Outreach and Toolkits
14th January, 2016
This webinar will have two presentations that address responding to communications and outreach needs of the whole community. In the first presentation, we will hear from ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Building and Maintaining National Partnerships for Improving Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery to Individuals with Disabilities: Lessons Learned
10th December, 2015
Presenters will discuss the strategies involved in developing a partnership between national organizations. They will share what they have learned during the past three years, ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Inclusive Emergency Management Practices in Vermont
12th November, 2015
On August 28, 2011, the State of Vermont was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene, resulting in several deaths, hundreds of homes destroyed, over a thousand Vermonters displaced, ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Making Your ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Accessible to People with Disabilities
8th October, 2015
This presentation will include a brief history of the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), how the Great California ShakeOut began, and the approach ECA and San Francisco Bay ...
FEMA Promising Practices: Preparedness Planning for People with Respiratory Issues and those with Intellectual Disabilities
10th September, 2015
This webinar will cover important aspects of consideration during the proactive development and implementation of a disaster plan for people with developmental disabilities and ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Strengthening Emergency Communication Strategies Among Responders and People who are Disproportionally Impacted
13th August, 2015
The ability to receive information and communicate efficiently and effectively with first responders and other health personnel during an emergency or disaster can be ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Overnight Shelter Experiences
9th July, 2015
There are many reasons to undertake an exercise such as the Overnight Shelter Exercise with the Disability Community, such as, the lack of appropriate and accessible services ...
FEMA Promising Practices: Closing Gaps in Local Emergency Plans and Grassroots Emergency Planning
14th May, 2015
This presentation will share two practices that brought people together to bring about increased knowledge and action on emergency preparedness. First, we will hear about the ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Looking at power issues from 2 perspectives: a utility and the American Red Cross
9th April, 2015
Loss of power remains an acute and complex emergency threat for those people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs whose margin of resilience is ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Community Maps to Catalyze Partnerships, Planning and Advocacy for Access and Functional Needs
12th March, 2015
This webinar will highlight a state-wide mapping project aimed at bridging the gap in current emergency preparedness and response planning and resources, especially for those ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: What Large-Scale Planned Events can Teach us About Inclusive Planning for Disasters: Lessons Learned from the 2014 World Series Championship Parade & Civic Celebration in San Francisco.
12th February, 2015
We often think of disaster planning in terms of a big fire, earthquake, tornado, or terrorist attack. However, many large-scale planned public events require similar emergency ...
FEMA Promising Practice: Whole Community Inclusion Emergency Preparedness Planning at the State Level
8th January, 2015
The webinar will cover two state efforts.
Utah - The webinar will summarize the new model of planning, and the improvements made as a result of a taskforce formed ...
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 ...
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 ...
ADA National Network Learning Session: Effective Communications with People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
9th October, 2014
In an emergency, communication is crucial to the safety of all citizens. What happens to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf blind during an emergency? This session ...
Registries: Its not about the list!
11th September, 2014
"Registries: Its not about the List!" - the next session in the Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series will be held on ...
Including Disability in State and Local Offices of Emergency Management
1st July, 2014
"Including Disability in State and Local Offices of Emergency Management" - the next session in the Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with ...
Nontraditional Emergency Shelters and People with Disabilities
8th May, 2014
“Nontraditional Emergency Shelters and People with Disabilities” - the next session in the “Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with ...
Evacuation Chairs: Recent Research and New Performance Standards
27th March, 2014
“Evacuation Chairs: Recent Research and New Performance Standards” - the next session in the “Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons ...
Oakland's Journey from Emergency Management Defendant to Model City for Inclusionary Practices
8th January, 2014
"Oakland California's Journey from Emergency Management Defendant to Model City for Inclusionary Practices" is the part of the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - ...
Communication with People with Disabilities in Disasters
12th November, 2013
"Communication with People with Disabilities in Disasters Webinar" is the part of the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities" series of ...
Evacuation and Transportation in Emergencies for People with Disabilities
26th September, 2013
"Evacuation and Transportation in Emergencies for People with Disabilities Webinar" is the part of the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with ...
Using FEMA's Functional Needs Guidance in Shelters
26th June, 2013
"Using FEMA's functional needs guidance in shelters" was the part of the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities" series of webinars and ...
High Rise Evacuation for People with Disabilities
10th April, 2013
"High Rise Evacuation for People with Disabilities" – is the next session in the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar ...
The State, Local and Community Response to Emergencies - How Disability Fits (Part 2 - Response)
25th October, 2012
"The State, Local and Community Response to Emergencies" – is the next session in the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities ...
The State, Local, and Community Response to Emergencies- How Disability Fits (Part 1- Planning)
13th September, 2012
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 ...
The Federal Response to Emergencies and Disasters - How Disability Fits
22nd August, 2012
"The Federal Response to Emergencies and Disasters Webinar" – is the next session in the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities ...