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2011 enABLED in Emergencies Conference• March 2-3, 2011 • Tacoma, WA

Jan 5

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enableUS & The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network Present:

The 2011 enABLED in Emergencies Conference

March 2-3, 2011 • Tacoma, WA
"If you are waiting for a situation to develop, you are going to lose your ability to change the outcome."
Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator

About This Conference

This day and a half conference is hosted by enableUS and the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) and will examine some of the greatest challenges that emergency management, disability, public health and human services communities face when responding to disasters and emergencies.  This interactive and engaging seminar will focus on new FEMA sheltering guidelines, emergency evacuations for disability communities, jurisdictional liability issues and building collaborative community partnerships.  Regional issues such as ice storms, flooding and earthquakes will be discussed as well as the effectiveness of special needs registries, information sharing networks and accessible communications.   Speakers from national, state and local government agencies and organizations will focus on programs that have worked in their communities as well as continued shortfalls and challenges that they experience.  Attendees will have an opportunity to network with speakers, sponsors and most importantly counterparts from throughout the Pacific Northwest to discuss approaches that they are taking to tackle these important issues in their own communities. 

It should be noted that ALL accessibility needs will be met at this conference.  ASL, CART, large-print materials, service animal, wheelchair and power chair accommodations will be provided to foster an environment where all attendees have the opportunity to interact, participate and learn.

Not your discipline? The topics and issues being covered in this conference are vitally important to enable more effective emergency response during disasters. Please forward this email to your colleagues who are tasked with the responsibility for serving the emergency management and disability communities! Thank You!

Conference Topics

• New FEMA Sheltering Guidelines (Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) Guidelines) for sheltering persons with disabilities in general population shelters
• Building effective community partnerships between emergency management, disability and faith-based communities on little or no budgets
• Engaging disability, public health and human services communities and bringing them to the emergency management planning table
• Effective and accessible communications and outreach, functional needs registries and planning tools
• Urban vs. rural emergency planning
• And Much more...
Sample List of Speakers and Panelists:
• Sarah Williams, Director, Audrain County Emergency Management Agency
• Sheree Fugate, Emergency Management Consultant
• Pat Seybold, Executive Director, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities
• Marcie Roth, Director, Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, FEMA
• Sue Bush, Director, Office of Emergency Management, State of WA Department of Social and Health Services
• Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation
• Full agenda and other speakers to be announced January 10, 2011...

2011 enABLED in Emergencies Details

Cost - $185
When: March 2-3, 2011
Where:Tacoma, WA
Location: The Murano Hotel
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A room block of $109 (Government Per Diem) has been reserved for this conference.
Who Should Attend
Federal, State and Local Government Officials
Emergency Managers, Planners, Coordinators
Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Paramedics
Public Health Officials, Medical Professionals
Disability and Community Service Providers
Policy Makers, Advocates and Legal Professionals
Academia Professionals and Students
Private Industry and Service Providers


Interested in showcasing your products and solutions to an audience of government agency decision makers? Budget-conscious sponsorship packages are available for this conference. Click here for a sponsorship package or contact Brian Lake 703-894-7414 for further information.

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