WID has been involved in many disability inclusive disaster preparedness and response trainings over the past decade, including the following collaborations:
WID COVID-19 Response
WID joins disability rights and emergency management experts from across the country in issuing an urgent call to action for immediate strategies and solutions from the federal government and governments at every level, including local, state, tribal and territorial, to address the specific needs of persons with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and all public health emergencies.
WID is working in collaboration with the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the National Council on Independent Living Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, and other local, national, and international groups to get people with disabilities the information, care, and supports to survive this pandemic.
On May 7, 2020, WID was joined by over 200 disability rights leaders from 21 countries to discuss the needs of people with disabilities and disability-led organizations in rapid disaster response.
Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall Meetings
WID has hosted several webinars where people with disabilities and disability-led organizations from around the world have come to share their experiences and needs as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic.
To learn more about the Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall meetings, including video recordings, transcripts, and polling results from previous sessions, visit the Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall page on WID’s website via the linked images below:
Next GADRA Disability + Disaster Town Hall Meeting: February 18, 2021
Additional Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Resilience Projects
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 educational resources, please visit our Resources for People with Disabilities in Emergencies and Disasters page
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.
Return to the Disability Inclusive Disaster & Climate Resilience page:
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