2B Emergency Preparedness & Community Planning
As the scale, frequency and complexity of disasters grow so is the need for increased individual preparedness and engagement with the disability community. In this session we will provide the basic principles of emergency preparedness and disability, including legal foundations and functional planning principles in the areas of accessible evacuation, transportation, effective communication and sheltering. Also in this session we will provide an overview of key concepts and approaches to engage disability organizations, government, community leaders, faith-based groups, and the general public as a part of a community planning approach. Community planning is a philosophical approach on how to think about conducting emergency management which aims to develop a shared understanding of community needs, capabilities and increase individual and collective preparedness. The task of cultivating and maintaining relationships that include the community in emergency management can be challenging and we will be discussing helpful tips, checklists and toolkits available to everyone.