September 20th 2016Oct 28, 2016 -- Posted by :
September 20, 2016
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, a clearinghouse for information and a community organizing resource on the needs of people with disabilities within disaster planning, has been announced.
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies’ main purpose is to provide information on everything having to do with the Access and Functional Needs of the disability community in emergency management. This includes assessing the current state of disaster planning, and information on ways people with disabilities can be included in all aspects of emergency management and disaster cycle services. The Partnership will also provide information on how communities as a whole can advocate for accessible services and disaster preparedness education.
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies’ main goal is to strengthen the community’s capacity and effectiveness by formalizing its network. Efforts to reach this goal include:
Representing the disability community at all levels of governmental meetings, and events held by national associations for emergency managers, first responders and providers of emergency management training and education;
Recruit volunteers for the American Red Cross and other organizations from within the disability community, which will also improve the visibility of people with disabilities in disaster response;
Collaborating with the Centers for Independent Living and similar groups to improve their ability to respond directly to disaster survivors in their community.
Emergency managers at local, state and federal level, disability stakeholder organizations, and individuals active in emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, are currently eligible to sign up for a membership. Along with being able to share information with other members, a number of other perks are available, such as access to training materials and webinars, discounts to Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies-held conferences, and networking between the disability stakeholder community and emergency managers.
Sara Camp, PIDS Contributor