You can now contribute your own expertise and experiences to help decrease the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations.
How? Get involved with the new interactive website, www.disabilityprepared.ku.edu, on disaster management for people with disabilities. It’s a fast, free information clearinghouse where peers can network and share best practices in real time.
The site is created and administered by the staff at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas. Our purpose is to help others discover what is new and working well so it can be duplicated and encourage us to continue to innovate in this field.
We invite those in emergency management and related fields to share what practices, plans, flyers, and resources have worked for them. Plus, what are the current challenges faced in addressing the disaster-related needs of people with disabilities? We need to hear from you and learn from your successes! Please tell us where you have found the gaps to be for people with disabilities.
Registration on the site’s forum is free. There you can discuss specific issues and exchange detailed information. Also, join us on scheduled live discussions on the upcoming forum chat feature.
You can also participate through our Facebook or Twitter pages. Links to those pages are on the home page.
To get the information flowing, we’d appreciate your help in spreading the news about this site on your list-servs, newsletters, and in other communications you may have with people in the emergency management, health, safety, and disabilities fields.
We look forward to hearing from you! Let’s start sharing.
Cat Howland, Project Manager
Tiffany Huggard-Lee, Forum Designer.