Kentucky • VERY Rural • Ranks 44th in poverty • Ranks 8th 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! • 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 At The Governors Request
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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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • OUTCOME DIALOGUE WAS OPENED • 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 • 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 • 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 Trust, Turf and Time
Collaboration 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 • 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. • 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 • 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 • 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 Pat.email@example.com 1-877-367-5332