Emergency planning


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A project to enhance emergency planning for people with disabilities living in the community.

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Emergency planning

  1. 1. WHY? Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  2. 2. Recent emergencies and disasters have: increased awareness prompted studies built a body of knowledge BPDD project: best practices, standards, education, awareness, advocacy. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  3. 3. 71% of Hurricane Katrina 71% victims were older than 60. People with special needs 29% suffered disproportionately Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  4. 4. “She asked me if the buses were coming. I said, ‘Yeah, they’re coming.’ And then I said, ‘Ma, I’m going to pray to God to help me. And you pray to God to help you.’” Moments later, he realized she had stopped talking. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  5. 5. Many people with disabilities in New Orleans were evacuated without their medicine, medical equipment, wheelchairs or guide animals. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  6. 6. California wildfires 2003: unable to see approaching danger unable to hear announcements to evacuate lack of transportation for those unable to drive phones at evacuation sites not equipped for the deaf phones not within reach of people in wheelchairs Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  7. 7. Hurricane Gustav 2008: 1,300 fled to a shelter in Oklahoma that had: inaccessible bathrooms no wheelchair ramps no phones for the deaf inaccessible showers Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  8. 8. 46% of people with disabilities say they do not know whom to contact about emergency plans. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that emergency preparedness and response programs be accessible to people with disabilities.   Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  9. 9. 53% of people with disabilities have not made plans to quickly and safely evacuate their homes.   Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  10. 10. Among people with disabilities who are employed full or part time, 34% say no plans have been made to safely evacuate their Text Text workplaces. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  11. 11. Only 20% of emergency managers have specific guidelines to assist people with disabilities Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  12. 12. 57% of emergency managers do not know how many people with disabilities live in their jurisdictions Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  13. 13. Only 27% of emergency managers have completed a FEMA course to help responders understand the needs of people with disabilities. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  14. 14. According to a Harris poll, more than half of the disability population have no plan for emergencies, nor do they know whom to contact for assistance in preparing. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  15. 15. Few shelters are equipped to serve people with disabilities. The more awareness we can raise among emergency planners, the more they can meet their obligations for reasonable accommodations, medical requirements and personal needs. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  16. 16. Tuesday, November 3, 2009 WHAT?
  17. 17. Goal #1: A commitment from all levels of government to to meet the needs of people with disabilities in the event of an emergency, disaster or act of terrorism. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  18. 18. Goal #2: To account for people with disabilities in each community, and to understand the most effective means to reach them. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  19. 19. Goal #3: To provide counties and community agencies resources to facilitate their planning. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  20. 20. HOW? Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  21. 21. Raising awareness: The project is contacting and consulting with stakeholders across the state to make emergency planning for people with disabilities living in the community a priority. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  22. 22. Toolkit: This booklet is for people with disabilities, families and support workers, and it contains checklists and hints on preparing both for sheltering at home and evacuating. The lists also help county planners prepare resources. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  23. 23. Voluntary Registry: The “Toolkit” will also provide information needed for the state online registry now being created by Wisconsin Emergency Management. The voluntary registry will help local rescue workers define, locate and reach at-risk populations in an emergency. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  24. 24. Networking: The project is working to break down walls between, and encourage communication and collaboration among, stakeholders across the state. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  25. 25. Emergency Public Health Management Planning for at-risk populations Human Services No one part of county government can do this alone. Collaboration is key. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  26. 26. Local and county Person with a disability emergency planners Planning for emergencies. Family members, care givers and support workers A cooperative approach to planning in the community is also essential to success during an emergency. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  27. 27. Consultation and training: The project will provide on- site and online training for emergency planners, public health officials, human services staff, ADRC staff, Family Care MCO staff, providers of home health and personal care and community agencies serving people with disabilities. Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  28. 28. Resource Library: The project has created the leading online source of information on emergency planning for special populations. The online resource library is organized by: Type of Disability Hazard Type Resource Format Target Audience All Resources www.wi-bpdd.org Tuesday, November 3, 2009
  29. 29. State and county governments have a legal obligation, but we all have a moral obligation to enhance emergency and disaster planning for people with disabilities. Contact us: We can help. 608-266-8337 Tuesday, November 3, 2009