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As Hurricane Ida makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in Louisiana, our Disability and Disaster Hotline is responding to disaster-impacted disabled people and connecting them to resources on the ground before, during, and after Hurricane Ida. 

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The Partnership header logo: a sun with four images within it: a hurricane and thunderstorm cloud, a home with a split down the middle and a tornado. The words below the header read "The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies."Infographic: A yellow sun with text in the center of sun and text in each ray protruding from the sun. Text in center of the sun: Disability and Disaster Resource Hub. An image of The Partnership sun logo. Text below logo: Inclusive Emergency Management. Text in top ray (at 12:00): Technical Assistance. Text in ray to right (at 1:00): Local Engagement. Text in ray (at 3:00): Relief and Response. Text in ray (at 4:00): Hotline. Text in ray (at 6:00): Advocacy and Systems Change. Text in ray (at 7:00): Info and Referral. Text in ray (at 9:00): Community Resilience. Text in ray (at 11:00): Resource and Training.Text that reads: “The mission of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (The Partnership) is equal access to emergency programs and services for people with disabilities and people with access and functional needs before, during, and after disasters.” Text goes on: “We achieve our mission through: Unwavering support for local disability organizations; Community engagement, organizing and leadership development; Advocacy and public policy; Training and education; Research and technical assistance; Disability-led disaster response and community resilience.” The Partnership’s logo sits to the right.Slide title reads: “Our Team” on the top left of the slide. The Partnership sun logo sits below the slide title. It is a sun with four images within it: a hurricane and thunderstorm cloud, a home with a split down the middle and a tornado. The words "The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies" are around disaster images and around the words are the sun rays. Headshot photo of Shaylin Sluzalis and Germán Parodi. To the left sits Shaylin with a smile, a young woman with light skin, long curly brown hair wearing a black top. To her right, in his wheelchair sits Germán with a slight grin. He has brown skin, and shoulder-length curly dark brown hair wearing a white button up shirt. Headshot photo of Melissa Marshall. She is a middle-aged woman with light skin and pixie cut brown hair. She is sitting in her scooter smiling with her hand slightly propped under her chin, wearing red glasses and a black shirt with an auburn cardigan overtop. Headshot of Priya Penner. A brown woman with curly black hair and a nose piercing, smiles at the camera. She’s wearing a red-orange cardigan and a cream color shirt sitting in her power wheelchair. Headshot of Stephanie Hydal. A woman with light skin and short dark brown pixie cut wearing sun glasses smiling at the camera with green plants behind her. Headshot of Colleen Roche. Woman with light skin and long brown straight hair, smiling at camera sits in her wheelchair wearing a black shirt with a multi colored scarf. Headshot of Jessica Snowadsky. A woman with light asian skin and shoulder length straight ombre hair, smiling at camera wearing a green top.Slide title reads: “Our Board” on the top left of the slide.. Photo of Millie Gonzalez. A woman with brown skin, shoulder length dark brown curly hair, wearing a green top. Sitting in her wheelchair, holds a microphone and papers as she smiles at a not pictured audience. Headshot of Bianca Waliddin. A black woman smiles at the camera wearing a black top and black headscarf. Headshot of Katie Pechon. A woman with light skin and blond shoulder length straight hair and bright blue eyes slightly smiling at camera. Headshot of Marcie Roth. A woman with light skin, light brown bob-cut hair style, and wearing red glasses smiles at camera. She is wearing a navy blue top with a white pearl necklace. Photo of Mike Oxford. An older man with light skin and bald head, sitting in his scooter smiling up at the camera. He is wearing a red t-shirt with a black blazer overtop. The Partnership sun logo sits on the bottom right of the slide. It is a sun with four images within it: a hurricane and thunderstorm cloud, a home with a split down the middle and a tornado. The words "The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies" are around disaster images and around the words are the sun raysSlide title reads: “Our History” on the top left of the slide. Text then lists highlights from each year since 2016: “2016: The Partnership was incorporated, and acted as a program of our founding organization, Portlight Strategies (which led humanitarian response and relief initiatives to meet the needs of disaster-impacted disabled communities for over 20 years) to focus on disability-inclusive emergency management, community organizing, policy, advocacy, and training. 2017: 1) Activated the Disability and Disaster Hotline in response to Hurricane Harvey. 2) Deployed a disability-led team to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma. 2018: 1) Assisted disaster-impacted people with disabilities through remote technical assistance and information/referral in response to Hurricanes Michael and Florence. 2) Getting It Right National Inclusive Emergency Management Conference. 2019: 1) Leadership change at The Partnership. 2) The Partnership received its 501(c)3 recognition under the IRS, becoming independent of Portlight, with Portlights’ legacy of direct disaster relief functions absorbed into The Partnership as our “Portlight Relief Division.” 3) Deployed a disabled-led team to the Bahamas in response to Hurricane Dorian.”Slide title reads: “Our History” on the top left of the slide. Text then lists highlights from 2020 and 2021: “2020: 1) Increased our organization’s capacity by on-boarding our staff/team. 2) Provided remote technical assistance to disaster-impacted people with disabilities in Puerto Rico in response to the major earthquakes. 3) Third deployment of disabled-led team to Bahamas most impacted Island in response to Hurricane Dorian. 4) Active since February 28, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 4a) National Disability Rights Call To Action; 4b) Daily COVID-19 Disability Rights Calls ; 4c) Resource Center and Technical Assistance; 4d) Disability & Disaster Hotline as an Information/Referral Hub 5) Responded to Concurrent Disasters through remote technical assistance and information/referral to disaster-impacted people with disabilities and disability-led organizations. 5a) Hurricanes Laura, Sally, Teddy, Delta, Eta, and Iota 5b) Wildfires in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado 5c) Iowa Derecho and Tornadoes 6) Initiated our COVID-19 Community-Wide Resilience Initiative. 7) 2020 Newsletter: Year In Review (w/hyperlink: https://disasterstrategies.org/2020-newsletter-year-in-review/)” “2021: 1) COVID-19 Advocacy, Response, and Technical Assistance. 2) National Disability Rights Call To Action: A Year Later 3) Responding to Extreme Winter Weather in the South (Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi) through remote technical assistance and information/referral to disaster-impacted people with disabilities and disability-led organizations. 4) Still building our plane as we fly it!”Graphic: blue cloud in center of graphic with text in center, the cloud has four yellow lightning bolts protruding at top and bottom and side to side. At the end of each lightning bolt is a light purple cloud with different text in each cloud. Text in center blue cloud: Community-Wide Disaster Resilience. Text in top purple cloud: Equal Access. Text in bottom purple cloud: Commitment to Civil Rights Protections. Text in right purple cloud: Inclusion. Text in left purple cloud: Independence. Text to the right of the graphic reads: “Our core values of equal access, inclusion, independence, and commitment to civil rights protections continually guide our work towards a future where community readiness is achieved and sustained for everyone through a shared and unwavering commitment to accessibility, universal design, and reasonable accommodation/modification before, during, and after disasters. Experience has shown us that these values of equal access, inclusion, independence, and commitment to civil rights protections are imperatives for achieving and sustaining community-wide disaster resilience.”Slide title reads: “How We Do It” on the top left of the slide. There are four main sections of text on this slide. Section one has text that says: “Technical Assistance ” and lists bullets: “Information, Resources, Referrals; Navigating Emergency Management; Customized Trainings; Gap Analysis; Continuity of Operations Plans; Exercises and Drills; Conferences”. Section two has text that says: “Relief and Response” and lists two bullets: “Disability and Disaster Hotline; Disabled-led Deployment”. Section three has text that says: “Community Resilience” and lists bullets: “Daily COVID-19 Disability Rights Calls: Bringing disability-led organizations, emergency managers, public health officials, first responders, advocates, and allies together daily to address disability-related rising issues, good and promising practices, and information and resource sharing related to the COVID-19 pandemic”; “Weekly National Stakeholder Calls: Since Hurricane Harvey we have held weekly National Stakeholder Calls where a wide range of stakeholders with the shared interest in the disaster related rights and needs of people with disabilities engage with one another.”; “Local Engagement: When disasters strike we reach out to disability-led organizations and allies in the impacted and surrounding areas to set up disabled-led and disability focused emergency operation center calls where a wide range of partners collectively address the rights and needs of disabled people.” And section four has text that says: “Advocacy and Systems Change” and lists two bullets: “Advocate and Educate Program and Policy Change; Drive changes that proactively assure compliance with civil rights obligations before, during, and after disasters”.Slide title reads: “We Bring Together” on the top left of the slide. Infographic sits in the center of the slide. It is of: one circle with The Partnership sun logo in the center with six different colored 3-D protruding circles with text in center of each circle. Text in top circle (at 12:00): Emergency Managers. Local, State, Tribal, Territories, Federal. Access and Functional Needs Coordinators. Text in circle to right (at 2:00): Public Health Officials. Local, State, Tribal, Territories, Federal. Text in circle (at 4:00): Centers for Independent Living and Protection & Advocacy Agencies. CFI, LRI, Atlantis, ACI, ECNV, HCIL, DRTX, DRNC. Text in circle (at 6:00): Disability-Led Organizations and Committed Allies. NCIL, APRIL, AAPD, WID, ASAN, NDRN, ILRU, CPR, The Arc, CCD, GADRA, GIRDD-LAC. Text in circle (at 8:00): First Responders. American Red Cross, Trach Mommas, FODAC, OpenWorld Relief, OTG, Rubicon, WCK. Text in circle (at 10:00) Federal Agencies. DHS CRCL, HHS ACL, FEMA, CDC.Slide title reads: “Why We Do This” on the top left of the slide. Text in a circle that reads: “People with disabilities are 2-to-4 times more likely to die or be injured in a disaster, emergency, or crisis than non-disabled people. - United Nations This is largely due to lack of equal access to information, resources, and services before, during, and after disasters. The Partnership is the only organization focused solely on the rights and needs of people with disabilities throughout disasters, emergencies, and crises.”Slide title reads: “What Is The Opportunity” on the top left of the slide. Text in the middle of the slide reads: “Ongoing funding for The Partnership to sustain this life-saving work” Below the text is a stock photo graphic of two people shaking hands, but only their arms/hands are visible. One hand is brown with a black sleeve while the other hand is light skin with a light grey sleeve and a dollar is clasped between them.Slide title reads: “What Your Support Will Do” on the top left of the slide. Bulleted are: “Increase Our Capacity; Make Our Shop a Free Resource Hub; Strengthen Our Hotline; Make Our Community Calls Fully Accessible” Below that text is another list: “This Equates To: Empowering Local Community Resilience; Saving Lives; Connecting Tools/Resources to People Most Impacted”Slide title reads: “Contact Us” on the top left of the slide. Text mid-slid reads: “112 N. 8th Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia PA 19107 Disability & Disaster Hotline: 800.626.4959 or info@disasterstrategies.org Contact Our Co-Executive Directors Shaylin Sluzalis & Germán Parodi: directors@disasterstrategies.org 570.777.0268 & 215.971.0660”

What is the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies?

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (The Partnership) is the only U.S. disability-led organization with a focused mission on equal access, disability rights and full inclusion of people with disabilities, older adults, and people with access and functional needs before, during, and after disasters and emergencies.

We are committed to increasing individual and community capacity for equal access and full inclusion of people with disabilities and people with access and functional needs for optimal whole community emergency preparedness, support when disaster strikes, and community engagement throughout disaster recovery to build back better and truly improve safety and community resilience for all.

Our mission is equal access to emergency programs and services for people with disabilities and people with access and functional needs before, during, and after disasters and emergencies.

We achieve our mission through:

  • Unwavering support for local disability organizations
  • Community engagement, organizing and leadership development
  • Advocacy and public policy
  • Training and education
  • Research and technical assistance
  • Disability-led disaster response and community resilience
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