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Improve your CERT Program by Incorporating People with Disabilities/Elderly & People with Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs. Tips for Full Inclusion. CERT Conference March 6, 2014 Kathryn A. Gerk, Richmond Fire CERT and Yolanda McGlinchey, Santa Barbara CERT. Introductions.

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CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014

Improve your CERT Program by Incorporating People with Disabilities/Elderly & People with Disabilities and Access and Functional Needs

Tips for Full Inclusion

CERT Conference March 6, 2014

Kathryn A. Gerk, Richmond Fire CERT

and

Yolanda McGlinchey, Santa Barbara CERT

introductions
Introductions
  • Kathryn Gerk, CEM,
    • Richmond Fire OES CERT
  • Yolanda McGlinchey,
    • Santa Barbara City Fire CERT

CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014

welcome
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Welcome….
  • Do you know what PWD/e is?
  • Do you know what AFN is?
  • Have you incorporated AFN in your CERT program?
what we will cover today
What we will cover today:
  • Basic ADA Issues and full inclusion for CERT Programs
  • Challenges and best practices
  • The Good, the Bad & Misunderstood
  • CERT PWD/E Outreach Packet
goal and purpose
GOAL AND PURPOSE
  • Raise the awareness of Seniors & PWD in CERT neighborhood plans
  • Improve Neighborhood Resilience

CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014

total inclusion
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Total Inclusion
  • FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate mandate
  • FULL Inclusion
    • Planning
    • Training
    • Communications
    • Transportation
    • Response and Recovery
ada issues tips and best practices
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014ADA ISSUES; Tips and Best Practices
  • Always treat everyone with respect
  • People with Disabilities/Seniors & PAFN = over 30% population and growing
  • Include them in your planning
    • “Nothing about us without us”
basic ada issues and cert training
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Basic ADA Issues and CERT - Training
  • Accessibility to ALL
  • Always identify your audience
  • At or BEFORE registration if possible
    • Do you have any special requirements
basic ada issues and cert training drills
Basic ADA Issues and CERT – Training/Drills
  • ALWAYS Safety First – work with student – ask what they feel comfortable with and what they need
  • Consider CERT Workgroups bring Persons with Disabilities to table – include them in planning

CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014

basic ada issues and cert
Basic ADA Issues and CERT
  • Be Prepared - know your neighbors – If you are not sure – ASK
  • SAFETY FIRST
    • Accessibility
    • Mobility issues
    • Lighting
    • Audio
lessons learned from past disasters
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Lessons Learned from Past Disasters
  • Hurricane Katrina
    • People left behind
    • Unprepared and unable to fend for self
    • Poor communications ability
    • Disconnected from the community

Superdome – Photograph Courtesy – Alison Wright

issues facing at risk groups
Issues Facing At-Risk Groups
  • Maintaining independence
  • Communication
  • Transportation
  • Supervision
  • Medical care
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Esther
    • 89 years old
    • Lives alone
    • Has no car, family lives out of state
    • History of heart disease
  • Laura
    • 5 years old
    • Parents are undocumented immigrants
  • James
    • 35 years old
    • Blind
    • Lives with fiancée
lessons learned hurricane katrina 2005
Lessons LearnedHurricane Katrina - 2005
  • 73% of Hurricane Katrina-related deaths in New Orleans area were among persons age 60 and over, although they comprised only 15 percent of the population in New Orleans
  • Most had medical conditions and functional or sensory disabilities that made them more vulnerable
  • AARP, We Can Do Better: Lessons Learned for Protecting Older Persons in Disasters, 2006
why get involved
Why get involved?
  • You know the people in your neighborhood
  • CERT Teams are in a unique position to help prepare
  • Planning before an emergency can save lives, reduce illness and injury
  • Doing something NOW is better than hoping for assistance after emergency
cert neighborhood teams
CERT Neighborhood Teams
  • CERT Buddy System
  • Preparedness for EVERYONE
  • Tips and Best Practices
how can cert help
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014How can CERT help?
  • Buddy System in the Neighborhood
  • CERT Training for all – Empower all
  • More Resilient Neighborhoods
what are the benefits
What are the benefits?

You can:

  • Identify strategies that empower PWD/E individuals to prepare for emergencies
  • Strengthen your CERT Neighborhood Team
  • More resilient community
cert buddy system
CERT Buddy System

Pair up in the neighborhood –

  • Strengthens everyone's ability to survive the next disaster
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CERT Buddy System
  • Strengthens the neighborhood
  • Speeds up recovery efforts
preparedness for everyone
Preparedness for everyone
  • Basic Concepts
  • Neighborhood Teams – Everyone has a CERT job
  • Everyone has own “special needs”
basic considerations
BASIC CONSIDERATIONS
  • Know who your neighbors are
  • Include everyone in your planning efforts
  • Ask how everyone can help one another
  • Ask what neighbors need to be better prepared - Assistance? Collaboration?
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Preparedness for everyone
  • Think ahead…make an emergency plan
    • Communication during emergency
  • Make an emergency kit
    • Does not need to be complicated or expensive
  • Stay informed
    • Local emergency plans and services
  • Get involved
    • Know your neighbors and check on those at-risk
    • Join CERT Team
personal preparedness for pwd e
Personal Preparedness for PWD/E
  • Create an emergency support network
  • Work with providers and social support networks to develop contingency plans for an emergency
  • Complete and make copies of Vial of Life and carry a medications list in your wallet
  • Develop a transportation plan
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Personal Preparedness for PWD/E
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Work with providers and social support networks to develop contingency plans for an emergency
  • Develop food and fluid supply lists for special dietary needs
  • Pack a Go Bag with essential supplies
cert buddy system2
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014CERT Buddy System

CERT’s Pair up with Seniors and PAFN in neighborhood –

  • Strengthens everyone's ability to survive the next disaster
  • More resilient neighborhoods
  • Speeds up recovery efforts
disability vs ability
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Disability vs. Ability
  • Mobility
  • Communication
  • Hearing
  • Sight
  • Resilient
  • Know the community
  • Eyes & ears of neighborhood
  • Experience with daily challenges
tips on how to incorporate in cert training
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Tips on How to Incorporate in CERT Training
  • Work with Independent Living Resource Agencies
  • Develop relationships with Visiting Nurses Associations
  • Work with your local Operational Area and American Red Cross
  • Learn your district – Develop Relationships
the good the bad and the misunderstood1
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014The Good, The Bad and The Misunderstood
  • The Bad

Don’t try and change the program because of the need, keep the program the same to assist with the need

tips on how to incorporate in cert exercises
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Tips on How to Incorporate in CERT Exercises
  • Add them to your CERT Planning Team
  • Get them involved in creating the scenario
continuous improvement
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014
  • 1. Assessment
  • 5. Review & Revise Actions
  • 2. Build Work Groups
  • 4. Collaboratively Address the Action Items – Training & Drills
  • 3. Develop Action Items
Continuous Improvement
best practices
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Best Practices
  • Independent Living Resource Center Drill
  • Santa Barbara County All CERT Drill in Lompoc, CA
lessons learned
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Lessons Learned
  • Everyone can play a part
  • Knowing the limits of all your players
  • Understanding the facilities you are working and teaching in
  • Treat everyone as if there are no limits
best practices richmond fire oes
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Best Practices – Richmond Fire OES
  • CERT Neighborhood Teams
    • Neighbors helping neighbors
    • CERT Buddy System
    • Neighborhood resilience
    • Emergency Kit
cert neighborhood pwd e outreach packets
CERT NEIGHBORHOOD PWD/E Outreach Packets
  • Developed by C8 CERT Seniors/ PWD Subcommittee
  • Grant from SUASI
  • Help improve preparedness for all

08/24/13 WC CERT PWD/E Workshop, [email protected]

cert neighborhood pwd e outreach packets1
CERT NEIGHBORHOOD PWD/E Outreach Packets
  • Distributed across CCC CERT’s
  • Asking CERT Neighborhood Teams to distribute
  • Collaboration helps everyone
lessons learned1
CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014Lessons Learned
  • Everyone needs to be prepared to increase everyone's chances for survival
  • CERT’s are THE “boots on the ground first responders”
  • Neighborhood resilience
  • Remember – PWD/E used to challenges – they are a resource to your neighborhood!
conclusion we are all in this together
CONCLUSION – We are all in this together
  • Right thing to do
  • Right time
  • For the Good of the whole community

CERT State Regional Conference March 6, 2014

questions thank you
QUESTIONS?Thank You
  • Working together increases everyone's chances for survival
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