Active Planning Project

While equal access to emergency shelters and services is mandated by law, many local emergency plans continue to overlook people with disabilities. Experts report a corresponding nationwide knowledge gap among emergency personnel and stress the importance of whole community inclusive and collaborative emergency planning.

This project addresses these needs via:

  • educational workshops for emergency personnel - Focus on techniques, resources and practical solutions for addressing disability needs during emergencies, particularly those related to sheltering and evacuation
  • community stakeholder meeting with the local disability community –facilitated local meetings between emergency personnel and the local Disability Commission and other members of the disability community, to:
    • Review the local emergency plan for gaps related to people with disabilities and develop a plan for remediating those gaps, using tools developed by the Shriver Center
    • Share personal preparedness materials geared toward the disability community

This project will expand emergency personnel knowledge and skills for meeting the needs of local residents with disabilities, address gaps in local emergency plans and increase awareness among the disability community, strengthening the resilience of participating local communities.

This document was prepared under a grant from FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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