NYC Citizen Corps invites you to the 2015 Disaster Volunteer Conference: Becoming Response Ready – Working with Diverse Populations!
The Disaster Volunteer Conference was first launched in 2007 and brings together volunteers that are involved in disaster response and recovery work. This year’s conference will focus on workshops to help disaster volunteers become more efficient and effective in engaging vulnerable populations in an emergency or disaster response.
Doors will open at 5:30 PM. There will be light refreshments available. The program will start promptly at 6:00 PM. The Baruch College William and Anita Vertical Conference Center is fully accessible. If you need any other accommodations please indicate them through the event registration.
- A Helping Hand: Working with People with Access and Functional Needs
(Eli Fresquez, Senior Human Services Disability Access and Functional Needs (DAFN) Planner, NYC Emergency Management)
- Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster, Increasing Religious Competency & Literacy
(Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div, President, National Disaster Interfaiths Network/NDIN)
- Get Ready, Get Safe: Preparing Communities to Protect Children in Disasters
(Jennifer Smith, Community Preparedness Manager (NY, NJ, CT), Save the Children USA)
- Listen, Protect, and Connect: Responding to Trauma and Creating Community Resilience
(Lisa Furst, LMSW, MPH, Director of Public Education, The Mental Health Association of NYC, Inc.)
- Transformative Change: Diversity and Cultural Competency
(Imani Keith Henry, MSW, MPA, Diversity Trainer/Organizational Development Consultant, OD for the People)
2015 Disaster Volunteer Planning Committee representatives from:
- The American Red Cross – Greater New York (ARC-GNY)
- Medical Reserve Corps of NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
- New York Association for Volunteers (NYAVA)
- New York Cares
- NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)
- NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM)
- The Salvation Army – Greater New York Division
Webinar: CERT Training for Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
Everyone has a role to play in keeping our communities safe. CERT volunteers, trainers, and program managers with a diverse range of experiences, skills, and abilities — including many with disabilities and others with access and functional needs — make valuable contributions in preparing their communities for disasters and supporting response and recovery efforts. And because CERT program activities are inclusive, training should be as well. It is not difficult to make reasonable accommodations for including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training. However, it’s a good idea to plan ahead to ensure that their specific needs are accounted for and that they feel welcome and engaged.
The FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division is hosting a webinar that focuses on practices that will help ensure a positive and accessible experience for CERT participants with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
Title: CERT Training for Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (ET)
- Gay Jones, FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC)
- Kathryn Gerk, Emergency Services Manager, Richmond, CA Fire Department
- Jennifer Fales, Emergency Management Coordinator, Kansas City, MO Office of Emergency Management
Our featured speakers will share their insights and advice on how to engage and include individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training and activities, lessons they’ve learned from their experiences, and how their efforts have benefitted their programs and communities. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session.
How to Join the Webinar
We hope that you will be able to join us on July 15! If you can’t make it, we will be posting the recording, transcript, and slide deck of the presentation on this page, under “Citizen Corps Partners/Affiliates”: http://www.ready.gov/preparedness-leader/webinar-library. You can also view our most recent webinar on developing resources for CERT programs at: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/p4zrhbiqeml/.