WID has been involved in many disability inclusive disaster preparedness and response trainings over the past decade, including the following collaborations:
American Red Cross
Together with the American Red Cross (ARC), WID launched an innovative national training, awareness, and action program to help ARC staff and volunteers better serve people with disabilities during disasters.
WID’s Deputy Director, Thomas Foley, a member of the American Red Cross
National Diversity Advisory Council, works to improve emergency preparedness and disaster response by ARC staff and volunteers for people with
disabilities; facilitates collaboration between the ARC and local
community-based disability organizations; and increases understanding of the needs of people with disabilities in disaster situations.
WID’s Deputy Director, Thomas Foley also works with the California Department of Social Services as a trainer on their Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST) program to better support people with access and functional needs during a mass care and shelter incident.
Paralysis & Disaster Readiness Educational Resources
WID received a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to create disability-specific disaster readiness educational materials. Visit our Paralysis, Disability and Disaster Readiness page to find videos, pamphlets, policy papers, and more!
For more information, contact Thomas Foley, WID’s Managing Director, at
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