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: Review of Emergency Preparedness Litigation
8th February, 2018
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The ADA was passed before major emergencies such as September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and Sandy Hook. As a result, the text of the ADA does not specifically reference the ADA's application to emergency preparedness efforts by state and local governments. In this session, Barry Taylor will discuss how the courts have interpreted the application of the ADA and other civil rights laws to the issue of emergency preparedness. He will also review the implementation of various emergency preparedness settlements across the country.
- Understand how the courts have viewed emergency preparedness casses with regard to the ADA.
- Learn about the implementation of various emergency preparedness settlements across the country.
Barry Taylor is the Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation at Equip for Equality, where has worked since 1996. At Equip for Equality, he has overseen many individual and systemic disability discrimination cases and he is currently co-counsel in five ADA class actions, including lead counsel in Ligas v. Norwood, a class action on behalf of people with developmental disabilities who are seeking community services. Barry has given numerous presentations on the ADA across the country to people with disabilities, family members, attorneys, employers, businesses, service providers and advocacy organizations.
Prior to coming to Equip for Equality, Barry was the AIDS Project Attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal working to advance the civil rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. From 1988 - 1993, Barry was a litigation associate at the Chicago law firm of Peterson & Ross. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he also received his undergraduate degree in 1985.
ADA National Network Learning Session: Feeling Safe, Being Safe Going Forward
9th August, 2018
Feeling Safe, Being Safe was the first online emergency preparedness training series developed by people with intellectual disabilities for people with disabilities and older adults.
The success of Feeling Safe, Being Safe has encouraged adaptation of this model for training development and delivery on a variety of related disability inclusive emergency management initiatives throughout disaster response, recovery and mitigation.
This webinar will examine the strategies used to develop and pilot the community based online community training module, train-the-trainer series and easy-to-use materials. Webinar facilitators will speak about the value of end-user engagement in emergency management training tools.
Feeling Safe, Being Safe was originally developed by The Board Resource Center and California Department of Developmental Services with funding from FEMA/DHS in 2009.
- Learn the value of end-user input throughout design and training.
- Understand ways to adapt Feeling Safe, Being Safe tools and training for unique regional needs.
- Learn basic methodologies to replicate Feeling Safe, Being Safe tools and training.
Marcie Roth is the CEO of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. Previously, Marcie served as Senior Advisor to FEMA Administrator Fugate and was the Director of the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) after her appointment by President Obama in June 2009. While at FEMA, Marcie led the national transformation towards integrating the access and functional needs of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of whole community emergency and disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
Mark Starford is the Director of The Board Resource Center (BRC). Since 1994 BRC has been providing leadership training and developing accessible tools for organizations and government agencies that advocate for, and provide services to, underserved communities. BRC's focus is on developing adapted sustainable multi-media materials to increase community inclusion, personal safety, and civic engagement for persons with disabilities and older persons. Recent priorities include disability inclusive emergency preparedness, abuse prevention and end-of-life advance planning.
ADA National Network Learning Session: Innovative Ideas for Ensuring Your Emergency Operations Plans are Inclusive for the Whole Community
9th November, 2017
Ensuring your Emergency Operations Plans are inclusive of the whole community can come with challenges. In this presentation, we will explore innovative, efficient, and ...
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 ...