Disaster and Emergency Preparedness


Getting It Right: Inclusive Disaster Strategies lL Conversation

Audio Recording


Shari Myers, Paul Timmons

Learn how to engage with Red Cross, local emergency management agencies, and other important community partners, to ensure inclusion in disaster planning. 

Learn how to identify opportunities to work together for the mutual benefit of all partners, i.e., emergency preparedness education and training, including how to foster participation of people with disabilities in drills and exercises, and training for emergency management on disability culture, the IL movement, and developing disability competency within their profession. 



Preparedness as a Lifestyle Choice


Glen White, Catherine “Cat” Howland, Val Renault

Hear about how one country helped establish a plan to address disaster preparation and emergency response needs of vulnerable populations. 

Learn about the steps you can take to prepare yourself for natural and manmade disasters, including public health threats.

Learn how you can also prepare for the safety of your service animals and pets in the event of an emergency.

 Power Point File

The Prepared Lifestyle-a booklet

 A Service Animal/Pet Identification Form

Ready Neighborhood-a booklet



APRIL Annual Conference 

SILC Strategies: Engaging in Emergency Preparedness Efforts 

David Carey, Beth Meyers, Mel Leviton, and Jim House 


Join representatives from Arizona, Florida, Idaho, and Washington SILCs for an overview of their strategic approach to engaging in, and contributing to, a variety of Emergency Preparedness efforts within their states.



Inclusive Disaster Resilience During a Pandemic 


Shaylin Sluzalis, Germán Parodi, Melissa Marshall, Priya Penner 

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the nation's experts on disability rights, accessibility and inclusion throughout all phases of emergency and disaster operations presents, Inclusive Disaster Resilience During a Pandemic. This workshop will focus on disability rights in disasters, community-found promising practices for inclusive preparedness, and advocacy efforts you can take home with you. An engaging discussion on empowering whole community resilience and systems advocacy for disability inclusion before, during, and after disasters.


Pandemic Inclusive Disaster Resources PDF 

Rooted in Rights Video 



Mental Health Emergency Planning in Rural Communities


Kathy Baker, Maia Santamaria, Jill Baldwin

The purpose of the workshop is to empower people who have disabilities to prepare for, mitigate the effects of, thrive through and recover from the mental health aspects of emergencies in rural settings. The nature of the workshop will be via Zoom with a PowerPoint and handouts. We will discuss the mental health impact of emergencies on people who have disabilities. We will help participants design their own emergency Bag of Tricks to cope with their mental health during emergency situations and discuss some of the items that could be used in a emergency Go
Bag. By the end of this workshop, attendees will:
• Have a better understanding of the impact of emergency situations on the mental health of people who have disabilities,
including those who already have mental/emotional health disabilities
• make a mental health plan and learn how to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic
• Create a Bag of Tricks to cope with mental health issues surrounding emergencies
• Compile a Go Bag



Making Connections, Saving Lives Before, During, and After Disasters


Jim House, Deborah Witmer, Joshua Hackney, Ivan Tudela

Attendees will learn from panelists on how advocates can connect with and contribute to local emergency planning committees using the Whole Community Approach with special emphasis on Access and Functional Needs. Other ways to participate include Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Disaster Exercises and community events.

Be a Hero: Emergency Preparedness Planning for People with Disabilities


Julia Beems and Candiss Leathers

Be a Hero: Emergency Preparedness Planning Powerpoint