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The purpose of this training is to provide emergency planners with information and best practices that will ensure the safety of people with disabilities during emergency events. Special consideration will be given to the importance of including people with disabilities and disability organizations in the planning process.
People with disabilities may have functional needs that will require accommodations during and after emergency response. In your role as emergency planner, you make plans to meet the functional needs of a wide variety of people in case of an emergency. One of those groups of people, people with disabilities, constitutes a large portion of the general population. In fact, roughly one in five Americans has some kind of disability. With careful and inclusive planning and coordination of agencies, the functional needs of people with disabilities can be successfully met during emergency, disaster, and sheltering situations.
This training is divided into five sections:
1. Introduction to Disability
2. Communication and Notification
3. Evacuation and Transportation
4. Sheltering and Recovery
5. Inclusive Planning for Disaster Mitigation and Response
Additional disability resources for emergency planners, including a list of statewide and regional disability organizations, can be found at: www.go.osu.edu/emergencyplanners.
Video quality: These trainings were shot in HD quality. You can change the quality of your video by selecting the "cog" icon in the lower right hand corner of the video screen. The video will load at a slower pace on the higher quality settings. If you are having difficulty viewing the training, it may be helpful to try a different browser.
Closed Captioning: Closed captioning is available on all modules of this training. To turn on the captioning, click on the "CC" icon in the lower right hand corner of the screen
Special thanks to:
The Ohio Disability and Health Program's Disability Community Planning Group (DCPG)
The Ohio State University Police Division
The Ohio Trauma Committee, Functional Needs Workgroup
University of South Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Victoria Baker-Willford, Governor's Council on People with Disabilities
Nolan Crabb, American Council of the Blind Ohio
Mario Duncan, Motivational Speaker
Katherine Hevener, Ohio Trauma Committee, Functional Needs Workgroup
Ken Johnson, Clark County Emergency Management Agency
Mike Larson, American Red Cross, Clark County Chapter
Chris Puls, Service Dog Expert
Bobby Ringle, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Member
Officer Anna Stephenson, The Ohio State University Police Division
Kim Stults, Nurse, Disability Advocate
Heather Thomas, American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter
Irene Tunanidas, Ohio Association of the Deaf
Officer Aaron Ward, The Ohio State University Police Division
First Responder Disability Training Development Team at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center:
Madison Bauer, Video Accessibility & Captioning
Rachel Blackburn, Reviewer
Andrew Buck, Narrator
Leah Conn, LEND Trainee
David Ellsworth, LEND Trainee
Rosalind Gjessing, Project Coordinator
Susan Havercamp, Project Director
Rebecca Monteleone, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Scott Nelson, Videographer, Post-Production Director
Jillian Ober, Executive Producer
Marc J. Tassé, Script Development, Reviewer
Yiping Yang, Script Development, Reviewer
For more information about this training or the Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP), please contact:
Susan Havercamp, Principal Investigator
Yiping Yang, Program Coordinator
Rosalind Gjessing, Clinical Research Assistant
The Ohio Disability and Health Program:
The Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) is a grant-funded state program with the goals to promote health, improve emergency preparedness, and increase access to care for Ohioans with disabilities. ODHP is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is a partnership amongst the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the two Ohio UCEDDs (University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disability) at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center and the University of Cincinnati (UC UCEDD), and the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC).
ODHP is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cooperative Agreement Number 5U59DD000931-02. The contents of this training are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.