08/28-31/2022 – American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Expo – Charlotte, NC
Kristi Avalos will be speaking in person at the APWA PWX Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Topic: “Emergency Management, How to Include and Protect Citizens with Disabilities”
Emergencies are equal opportunity challenges in communities as they impact citizens with and without disabilities. It is vitally important that communities prepare well before emergencies occur with practical and well-thought-out solutions that keep everyone, including those with disabilities, safe while maintaining their dignity at all times.
Information will be provided regarding how to plan for individuals with specific needs, including mobility, visual, hearing, and cognitive impairments as well as for people whose survival requires medical equipment. Accessible evacuation plans and shelters will also be addressed along with laws regarding service animals.
Attendees will also learn about questions that can and cannot be asked of people with disabilities and about politically correct disability-related terminology.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to establish an Emergency Preparedness Community Network of local and state officials, medical and emergency response personnel, transportation authorities, and community members with disabilities.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to plan for Emergency Evacuation, including accessible sheltering, emergency egress routes, areas of rescue assistance, accessible transportation, and accommodating service animals.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to address a person with disabilities with politically correct language.