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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