Emergency Preparedness for people with disabilities is a deep passion for Anita, who became interested in emergency preparedness in 2004, while living in Washington, DC. She became a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member in Washington, DC in 2005 and went on to help form the first disability integrated CERT class and team in New York. She then went on to join Denver CERT, becoming a CERT instructor and CERT program manager. Anita has participated in numerous CERT exercises and real world events, including serving as a Radio Communication Operator at the Red Cross during the Colorado Flood of 2013. Anita has recruited over 30 people with disabilities to serve as CERTs in Colorado and writes extensively about emergency preparedness.
June’s consulting practice focuses on building disability competencies in the worlds of health care and emergency management to insure people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs are integrated and included in service delivery processes, procedures, protocols, policies and training. She is well known for leading the way in moving the emergency management world from the vague “special needs” focus to operationalizing an access and functional needs approach using CMIST and adopting use of Functional Assistance Service Teams (FAST). She led teams is developing, teaching, and subsequently getting FEMA approval 2 courses: FAST and “Integrating Access and Functional Needs to Emergency Planning, Response and Recovery.” June is also the Associate Director Center for Disability and Health Policy at Western University of Health Sciences, in Pomona, California. For more information: http://www.jik.com/d-bio.html