Emergency, Disaster, and Climate Resilience Services

Preparedness Is Smart Business

What We Do

We are global leaders in disability-inclusive emergency and disaster preparedness.  Our experience includes working with small and large organizations and businesses, local, national and international governments, and the United Nations.

Natural and human-caused disasters happen more often, cause more damage, and are more complex than ever before. We provide your organization with inclusive disaster preparedness and resilience planning, training, and consulting to save lives and lower the negative impact on your organization and your community.

Our innovative and proven approaches, including our keystone Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Resilience (DIEPDR) Services, are explained below.

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Emergency and Disaster Planning

We help cities and counties improve emergency and disaster plans by including and supporting knowledgeable people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs as key partners.

We review your current plans and do a gap analysis. Then we update or develop new plans and create solutions that include people with disabilities and the whole community, helping agency officials  meet and go beyond compliance requirements. This process is thorough to make sure everyone in the community is considered before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.

Our emergency and disaster planning work for public agencies includes:

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Designing Emergency Operations Plans that include people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs

Making sure all plans are universally inclusive, including evacuation, transportation, sheltering, shelter in place, distribution, medical care and health maintenance, exits from institutions, housing, recovery, reunification, and all communication plans

Providing Standard Operating Procedures, guidance, and considerations documents for all departments

Establishing or refreshing protocols, procedures, and documents related to accommodating people with disabilities, including protocols and procedures for disability stakeholder groups

Providing recommendations and expectations of partner and support agents

Creating and customizing disability-inclusive resource and referral lists, evaluation checklists, job action sheets, and just-in-time training so that everyone has exactly what they need to be inclusive

Making sure that people with disabilities and multiply-marginalized people have equitable assistance throughout the disaster cycle

Preparedness and Empowerment Training Program for Organizations

Our team has decades of experience in designing and delivering disability-inclusive preparedness and empowerment training for organizations of all sizes.

From large federal agencies and corporations to major cities, local governments, and businesses of all sizes, we customize our training size, scope, focus, and delivery to meet the needs of our clients.

Our training covers:

Making sure people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs are engaged, included and accommodated

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Integrating disability-inclusive principles into emergency preparedness and disaster planning, response, recovery, and hazard mitigation and risk reduction

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Expanding an organization’s connections with disability leaders and disability services before, during, and after emergencies and disasters

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Creating equitable environments, programs, and communication strategies before a disaster strikes

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Developing whole community inclusion, universal design, accessibility, and reasonable accommodations and modifications to protect the health and safety of everyone the organization affects

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Preparedness and Empowerment Training Program for Individuals with Disabilities

Our team of experts understand that inclusive living must include personal preparedness. We empower individuals with disabilities to take ownership of their own preparedness and to become leaders in their communities. Our training:

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Uses easy-to-use tools written in plain language + easy-access Universal Design Learning strategy

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Is designed for people with disabilities who live independently or have independence in their daily life

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Includes a variety of modalities to reach stakeholders and communities via accessible and flexible methods

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A community of people with disabilities who partner to create disaster equity, climate resilience, and inclusive emergency management are one of the most important parts of disability inclusion in a disaster.

Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Resilience Consulting Services Suite

We understand that disability-inclusive emergency preparedness programs can be difficult to achieve, so we developed the Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Resilience (DIEPDR) Consulting Services Suite.

We know that preparedness at all levels — personal, community, corporate, national, and global, is essential to rapid response. Our robust suite of services is designed to build sustainable resilience that supports community hubs in both the private and public sectors.

Organizations committed to social responsibility and justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of emergency preparedness and disaster resilience priorities use the DIEPDR Suite to:

  • Identify and close gaps
  • Protect their investment in people
  • Create a culture of universal disability inclusion
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The DIEPDR strategy and scope includes:

Providing an overview of the DIEPDR Suite that will be tailored to the client's needs

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Providing a self-evaluation tool to start the DIEPDR process

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Conducting a thorough analysis to measure current disaster preparedness plans, policies, processes, and the responsibilities of key positions within a business, organization, or agency by knowledgeable experts in all areas

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Producing a customized DIEPDR report of findings and recommendations with minimum, suggested, and exemplary standards, and the information that an organization needs to identify internal, business relationship, and external areas of risk and vulnerability

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Identifying an organization’s strengths and gaps in physical environments, programs, communications, and documentation to make sure disaster, resilience, and continuity of operations planning includes people with disabilities

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Recognizing corporations and organizations who are leading models of disability inclusion in their community with a Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Certification

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All  DIEPDR services can be customized to be used as a stand-alone tool or together with a broader accessibility effort, such as IAAP’s Smart Business For All (SB4All)

Why partner with WID?

Corporations and organizations are making progress in their efforts to include people with disabilities by building more inclusive talent acquisition pipelines, creating disability-focused employee resource groups, and improving reasonable accommodations programs.

However, one area is being left behind: emergency preparedness.

Corporations and organizations may have emergency and disaster preparedness policies. Making sure that these policies and plans focus on the needs and accommodations  of the people they affect is a necessary next step.

Approximately one in every four employers, employees, and customers have a disability and they deserve thoughtful planning, training, and capacity building to protect their lives and livelihoods. Your whole team needs a resilience plan to continue or resume operations when disaster strikes.

Creating a culture of inclusion planning is not easy and often requires third-party expert assistance.

Our uniqueness comes from decades of disability-inclusive emergency management expertise, proven results, and “boots on the ground” lived-experience that can move any business from where they are to an inclusive, prepared, and disaster-resilient organization.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Ready to learn more?

If you want to learn more and receive a free quote for any of our services, please use the scheduling tool below to schedule a Zoom meeting with our Emergency, Disaster, and Climate Resilience team.

You can also email us at resilience@wid.org to schedule a meeting or request a quote.

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