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Kentucky. Kentucky. VERY Rural Ranks 44 th in poverty Ranks 8 th in unemployment Estimated 874K with disabilities Fire, EMS are volunteers in rural areas. Kentucky Disasters. Flood Tornado Ice Storm Gulf coast evacuation center New Madrid Earthquake. How it all began!.

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  • VERY Rural

  • Ranks 44th in poverty

  • Ranks 8th in unemployment

  • Estimated 874K with disabilities

  • Fire, EMS are volunteers in rural areas

Kentucky disasters
Kentucky Disasters

  • Flood

  • Tornado

  • Ice Storm

  • Gulf coast evacuation center

  • New Madrid Earthquake

How it all began
How it all began!

  • Collaboration began in 2005

  • National conference on disabilities

  • Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Health, Department of Community Based Services, Office on Aging and the Developmental Disabilities Council











Through guided facilitation

  • We accomplished

    • A knowledge base of each agency and the role each plays in all areas of disaster

    • A work plan - ‘NEXT STEPS’ that is updated annually.

    • Other partners that were needed

    • A readiness to work cooperatively

Partnership expanded
Partnership expanded

  • Private organizations representing individuals with disabilities, children and the aging population

  • University programs, state agencies, private disaster agencies, human services organizations

  • Individual advocates

  • About 40 in total

What have we accomplished
What have we accomplished

  • Held a large Summit that included anyone that was interested in all aspects of emergency planning for individuals with disabilities

  • Over 150 attendees from every part of the state

  • Held break out session with facilitated discussion on – preparedness, response and recovery

  • Developed an outcome focused project plan based on the input provided by the Summit attendees

First responders and community responders
First Responders and Community Responders

  • Held two conferences to focus on First Responders and Community Response agencies to at the local level

    • All presentations were provided by individuals with disabilities


  • Distributed over 2500 First Responder handbooks

  • Preparations underway for 4th conference due to demand – will focus on rural Appalachian Mountains in October

Individuals and families
Individuals and Families

  • Hosted smaller venue preparedness activities for individuals with disabilities

    • Open house – responders, utility, pharmacy

      • Allows for a relaxed atmosphere

      • If possible hold at shelter

      • Explain how to plan and what will happen if evacuation

  • Homeland Security begins at Home

    • Tools for planning

  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors

  • Distributed over 300 ‘Ready Bags’

Adopted by public health
Adopted by Public Health

  • Created a charter

  • Function under Public Health

  • Formally a part of Health Emergency Management as a sub-committee with a representative on the larger committee

    This has given the committee a formal status within the emergency management structure

The best part

  • Considered a valuable partner and resource

  • Always at the table

The 3 t s
The 3 T’s

Trust, Turf and Time


Defined As:

  • an exchanging of information, altering activities, sharing resources and enhancing the capacity of another for mutual benefit.

  • To achieve a common purpose by sharing risks, responsibilities and rewards.

Trust and turf
Trust and Turf

  • Is not built overnight - it takes TIME

  • Building is a transformation process that must

    • Respect diversity of values

    • Respect diversity of perspective

    • A willingness to listen

    • A willingness to respectfully educate

    • A willingness to share power

    • Mutual Learning

    • Mutual accountability

    • A willingness to draw out ideas and information in ways that contribute to effective problem solving

    • Leave ‘ego’ at the door

Trust and turf cont
Trust and Turf cont.

  • It comes through building relationships through engaging honest sometimes NOT PC but respectful conversation

  • Put away ‘this is the way we have always done it’ or ‘it’s the law’

  • Put on your teaching and listening hats

Things to consider
Things to consider

  • Engage a facilitator when beginning

  • We all view the world through different lenses

    • Cultural (native heritage, work/living environment, generational)

    • Language (native heritage, acronyms, work living environment, generational)

    • Do not continue to restate the problem – move forward – FIND SOLUTIONS

Last but not least
Last But Not Least

  • Maintain a VERY good sense of humor and flexibility especially during those times when the process gets a bit messy.

Pat Seybold

CommonwealthCouncil on Developmental Disabilities

[email protected]