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43 rd Annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Accommodating Populations with Special Needs: New Perspectives for Emergency Management. Presented By:. Michael Steinhauer Dane County Emergency Management Special Populations Unit.

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43 rd annual governor s conference on emergency management and homeland security

43rd AnnualGovernor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Accommodating Populations

with Special Needs:

New Perspectives for Emergency Management


Presented by
Presented By:

Michael Steinhauer

Dane County Emergency

Management Special

Populations Unit

Laura Schnicke

Milwaukee County Emergency Management

Special Needs Emergency Shelter


Recent emergencies and disasters have increased awareness of weaknesses in our planning for and responding to the needs of special needs populations.

This awareness has prompted a sharp increase in the body of knowledge on the science of effective emergency management for these people.

The OJA Catastrophic Planning Grant serves as an incubator, taking best practices and standards and educating stakeholders across Wisconsin.


Defining special needs populations
Defining Special Needs Populations weaknesses in our planning for and responding to the needs of special needs populations.

Any individual, group, or community whose physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, cultural, ethnic, socio-economic status, language, or any other circumstance creates barriers to understanding or the ability to act/react in the manner in which the general population has been requested to proceed.

THINK: functional challenges NOT: diagnostic categories


EMERGENCY MANAGERS: weaknesses in our planning for and responding to the needs of special needs populations.

All emergency managers want to help all their citizens.

But many don’t know precisely what to do first 


Only 20 percent of emergency managers have specific guidelines to assist people with mobility impairments during emergencies


57 percent of emergency managers do not know how many people with mobility impairments live in their jurisdiction


We need to learn to plan and work with citizens, and to take traditional planning beyond the physical aspects of the response

Beyond: Putting out Fires, Search & Rescue, Debris Removal, Restoration of Power, Pass Systems, Opening Roads


Barriers to think about: traditional planning beyond the physical aspects of the response

2003 California wildfires: many were unable toseeapproaching danger or hear announcements to evacuate. Some did not comprehend the danger. Emergency telephones at evacuation sites were not equipped for people who were deaf and were not within reach of people in wheelchairs.


Legislative and regulatory duties to plan working with people

LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY traditional planning beyond the physical aspects of the responseDUTIES TO PLAN: Working with People

Federal, State and Local Expectations

AMERICANS WITH DISABILTIES ACT

CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION STANDARDS Federal and State

GOVERNOR’S CHARGE OF 100% INCLUSION in PLANS


Disability advocacy groups are mobilizing to assure inclusion
DISABILITY ADVOCACY GROUPS ARE MOBILIZING TO ASSURE INCLUSION

The message is: emergency management needs to work with people

City of Oakland, CA

SUIT SETTLED

City of Los Angeles, CA

SUIT PENDING

***MORE SUITS LIKELY***


How to
HOW TO INCLUSION

Include Special Needs Populations into your Emergency Preparedness Planning


Goal #1: INCLUSION Establish a commitment to work with the special needs community to assist all individuals in becoming prepared for emergency events.


Goal #2: INCLUSION Provide community agencies and special needs individuals with resources to facilitate their planning.


Goal #3: INCLUSION Define and reach special needs individuals in your county through trusted sources: community based organizations, faith based groups, county human service and public health departments, home health agencies, census tracks, neighborhood groups,etc.


Tools options
Tools & Options INCLUSION


Community assessment
Community Assessment INCLUSION

Licensed Facilities

Nursing Homes

Assisted Living

Living in the Community

Home Supports


Community assessment1
Community Assessment INCLUSION

  • Special needs specific to your community

    • Who are they?

    • Where are they?

    • How prepared are they?

    • What will their needs be?

  • Create the trusted source partnerships for outreach


Ongoing community education

Ongoing Community Education INCLUSION

FEMA for Kids

Sheltering in Place

Individual Preparedness

Have a kit ready with medications, phone numbers, and other necessary items

Prepare for your pets

Establish reunification plans with loved ones


A county safety net creation of a local registry
A County Safety Net: INCLUSIONCreation of a Local Registry

  • Voluntary

  • Confidential

  • Links to GIS or Manual Plotting System

  • Links to Command Post


A county safety net a tiered approach to sheltering

A County Safety Net: INCLUSIONA Tiered Approach to Sheltering

First Tier: Portable accommodations via trailer to community shelters

Second Tier: Mid-sized shelter capacity for special needs

Third Tier: Large shelter for many individuals with special needs


Emergency Management INCLUSION

Public Health

Planning for at-risk

populations

Human Services

Emergency

Management

Public Health

Planning for at-risk

Populations

Human Services

No one part of county government

can do this alone

Collaboration is Key


Community inclusion

Ensure that representatives from the special needs and disabilities communities are included in all phases of planning

Community Inclusion


On Line Resource Library- disabilities communities are included in all phases of planning

“Disaster Preparedness Central”

  • Search By:

  • Disability

  • Hazard

  • Resource Format (video, pdf, etc)

  • Target Audience

  • www.wi-bpdd.org


State and county governments have a legal obligation, but we all have a moral obligation to enhance emergency and disaster planning for special needs populations.

Contact us: We can help.


Contact us
Contact Us:

Dane County Emergency Management:

608-261-9943

[email protected]

Milwaukee County Special Needs Emergency Shelter

414-289-6805

[email protected]


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