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PREParation for Emergencies and Recovery: Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families Irene Nathan Zipper, PhD, MSW Tamara Norris, MSSW, MPA Family Support Program School of Social Work University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PREParationfor Emergencies and Recovery:

Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

and their Families

Irene Nathan Zipper, PhD, MSW

Tamara Norris, MSSW, MPA

Family Support Program

School of Social Work

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Project of National Significance

- To strengthen the emergency preparedness

of individuals with developmental disabilities

and their families

Funded by

Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Prep project goals
PREP Project Goals

  • Individuals with disabilities and their families are prepared for emergency situations

  • The service system is prepared to support individuals with disabilities and their families in the event of an emergency


Underlying project assumptions
Underlying Project Assumptions

  • People with special needs are particularly vulnerable in emergency situations

  • People must be prepared to fend for themselves for 72 hours after an emergency occurs

  • Collaboration must be established before an emergency

  • Emergency preparedness must take place at multiple levels



The prep planning process
The PREP Planning Process

Family

Community-Level Support

Individual PREP Plan

State-level collaboration

National involvement


Community level involvement
Community-Level Involvement

  • Local workshops to increase public awareness

  • Involvement of local emergency responders

  • Promotion of a peer-to-peer process

    • for plan preparation

    • for training

  • Collaboration with related initiatives at the local level


State level collaboration
State-Level Collaboration

  • PREP Advisory Committee

  • State Collaborative Partnership

  • Involvement with related agencies and initiatives


National involvement
National Involvement

  • PLAN!T NOW

    http://www.planitnow.org

  • National Advisory Panel

  • Collaborative Activities


The plan includes
The Plan Includes:

  • Personal information

  • Contacts

  • Meeting place

  • Shelter information

  • Medical needs and medications

  • Insurance information

  • Service animal/pet information


https://www.myprep.org


Desired outcomes for individuals and families
Desired Outcomes for Individuals and Families

  • Access to useful planning materials

  • Better preparation for emergency situations

  • Independence in the event of an emergency

  • Greater likelihood that individuals with disabilities and their families remain together in an emergency


Thank you!

Irene Nathan Zipper

[email protected]


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