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Georgia Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults Planning with and for Individuals with Disabilities FEMA Webinar Series January 8 th, 2015 Presenters Bt Betsy
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Georgia Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults Planning with and for Individuals with Disabilities FEMA Webinar Series January 8 th, 2015 Presenters Bt Betsy T. Kagey, Ph.D Academic and Special Projects Liaison Georgia Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Jennifer Hogan, MSW Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Georgia Division of Aging Services Georgia Department of Human Services 1 Objectives Attendees will gain an understanding of the Georgia Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults Attendees will be able to describe the Coalition s network Attendees will be able to list the preparedness resources developed by the Coalition Attendees will gain an understanding of the Functional and Access Need Toolkit Georgia Disability in Georgia 98million 9.8 individuals reside in Georgia 12.4%( 1.2 million) of these individuals have one or more disabilities. * 1 million older adults live in Georgia *Source: 2013 American Community Survey (ACS) 2 Coalition s Mission To serve as a clearinghouse To promote and maintain an active dialogue, and To provide subject matter expertise to: o Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults o Emergency Managers Coalition Overview Formed in 2006 Coordinated through State ADA Coordinator s Office Partners state, local, volunteer and non governmental organizations Primary Audiences Include: Disability Service Providers, Local Emergency Management Agencies, Local First Responders, Individuals with Functional and Access Needs, People with Disabilities and Older adults Provide technical guidance and assistance for local partners Identify and implement best practices 3 Coalition Member Agencies & Organizations All Hands On, Inc. American Red Cross Atlanta Autism Consortium Center for Advanced Communications Policy Georgia Institute of Technology DeKalb Emergency Management Agency Federal Emergency Management Agency Friends of Disabled Adults and Children GACHI Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Georgia Advocacy Office Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services Georgia Department of Human Services, Office of Facilities and Support Services Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Health Protection, Emergency Preparedness and Response Georgia Emergency Management Agency Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission State ADA Coordinator s Office Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale County Health Departments Project Independence: Georgia s Vision Program for Seniors Southeast ADA Center Tools For Life The Alternative Media Access Network, Georgia Institute of Technology Enterprise Innovation Institute ADA Guiding Principles 1. Inclusion 2. Integration 3. Equal Access 4. Self Determination 5. Physical Access 6. Reasonable Modifications to Policies, Practices, and Procedures 7. Effective Communication 4 Working Subcommittees Training & Technical Guidance Committee: o Responsible for creating training/educational curriculum and materials. Community Outreach Committee: o Responsible for sharing and disseminating information within the Coalition and to individuals with disabilities and community network organizations/agencies. F.A.S.T. Committee: o Responsible for the development of a Functional Assessment Service Team. FNSS Committee: o Responsible for developing a statewide guide on Functional Needs Support Services resources within Georgia. Coalition Developed Resources Tips Guide for First Responders 5 Coalition Developed Resources Emergency Preparedness Brochure for Individuals with ihaccess and Functional lneeds Other Coalition Accomplishments Community Network Participation in local and State Drills Be Prepared Radio Broadcast Durable Medical Equipment Cache Get Ready Tool Kit and Train the Trainer Workshops Special Needs NOAA Weather Radio Factsheet Communications Chart 6 Georgia s Functional & Access Needs General assumptions: Most persons with functional needs can function perfectly well in a general population shelter with proper support. With the proper supports, individuals with access and functional needs benefit equally from the services provided in general population shelters, and should almost always be housed in those shelters. Functional Needs Population Persons who may have additional needs before, during and after an incident in functional areas such as : communication medical care independence supervision transportation 7 Functional and Access Needs Support Services Toolkit Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) are defined as services that enable individuals to maintain their independence in a general population shelter. FNSS includes: reasonable modification to policies, practices, and procedures durable medical equipment (DME) consumable medical supplies (CMS) personal assistance services (PAS) other goods and services as needed State ADA Coordinator s Office For More Information on the Coalition go to: 8 Social Media Facebook Statewide Planning Activities & Resources Shelter training to increase capacity FNSS concepts added to ARC training Proposal to develop o Functional Assessment Service Teams to assist with assessment & providing resources Inclusion of organizations & individuals with disabilities Inclusion of organizations & individuals with disabilities in planning and participation: Shelter training, drills & exercises 9 Summary Recap Georgia Coalition for EP for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults Partnerships Communication Preparedness Resources FNSS Toolkit Whole Community Inclusion Questions? Contact Information: Betsy T. Kagey, Ph.D. Academic and Special Projects Liaison Georgia Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Jennifer Hogan, MSW Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Georgia Division of Aging Services Georgia Department of Human Services
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