Working Conference on Emergency Management and Individuals with Disabilities and the Elderly: Post Conference Report September 2006 [open pdf - 1MB]
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) presented the Working Conference on Emergency Management and Individuals with Disabilities and the Elderly. Sponsors of the conference included HHS' Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), Administration on Aging (AoA), Office on Disability, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Children's Bureau, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and DHS' Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. While the destructive and deadly hurricane season of 2005 was the trigger which initially motivated the organizers to facilitate this unprecedented conference, the purpose and results span all disasters, all geographic regions and time. 'The micro level for action is working at the individual household and neighborhood levels. The mezzo level for actions means connecting with agencies and organizations that link you to the individual and household level. The exo level is the policy level, engaging government. And the macro level, that's the toughest one, is changing the way that we do business.'-Dr. Brenda Phillips, Professor, Department of Political Science, Fire & Emergency Management Program, Oklahoma State University at the 2006 Working Conference on Emergency Management and Individuals with Disabilities and the Elderly. In July of 2004, President Bush signed Executive Order #13347 directing that federal agencies must include people with disabilities in all levels of national preparedness and established the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) to oversee this initiative."
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