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.
with Special Needs:
New Perspectives for Emergency Management
Dane County Emergency
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.
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
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.
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
The message is: emergency management needs to work with people
City of Oakland, CA
City of Los Angeles, CA
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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.
Living in the Community
FEMA for Kids
Sheltering in Place
Have a kit ready with medications, phone numbers, and other necessary items
Prepare for your pets
Establish reunification plans with loved ones
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
Planning for at-risk
Planning for at-risk
No one part of county government
can do this alone
Collaboration is Key
Ensure that representatives from the special needs and disabilities communities are included in all phases of planningCommunity Inclusion
On Line Resource Library- disabilities communities are included in all phases of planning
“Disaster Preparedness Central”
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.