Initial Response

  • What is the scope of the incident and the response?
  • How will it affect service delivery?
  • Where are the impacted communities?
  • What population is impacted?
  • What is the anticipated medical surge?
  • Determine communication means
  • Evaluate healthcare organization, staff and supplies
  • Healthcare facility status
  • Consider healthcare facility incident command status
  • Determine health department status
  • Identify who need to know
  • Identify resources to be deployed
  • Consider healthcare facility decompression initiatives
When: Thursday, Mar 30, 2023, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

The FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) joins the National Association of Councils on Development Disabilities during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month for the Innovations in Inclusive Emergency Management webinar. For people with disabilities, fully recovering from a disaster often depends on whether those who lead response and recovery efforts understand their needs. The Director of FEMA’s ODIC Sherman Gillums, Jr. will discuss how FEMA strives to markedly shorten the disaster cycle for all people with disabilities long before a disaster occurs, in the preparation and planning phases. He will also share the 14 potential areas of inequity for which people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) should be prepared in the event of a disaster. Speakers from Ohio, New York, and Alabama State developmental disabilities councils will present about their experiences with recent train derailments, record snowstorms, and more.

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