In 2013, a four-year initiative began to improve emergency preparedness for people with disabilities in North Carolina. The first year of the initiative consisted of a series of stakeholders meetings, examining communication, health, safety, and transportation needs when preparing for or responding to emergencies.
Year two of the initiative, which began in October 2014, will continue research by conducting surveys, identifying and assessing liability issues, continuing the outreach campaign, exploring communication strategies, distributing apps and checklists, expanding partnerships, piloting the Accessible Community Response Team ACERT program in two counties, and reviewing inclusive emergency preparedness training.
Adonis Brown of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities welcomes the upcoming inclusive training. Daniel Moody, Independent Living Specialist at the Adaptables, Inc., explains why it is better to include people who actually experience disabilities in the trainings. Shayna Simpson-Hall, program manager with the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, summarized the ideal outcome of the initiative.

To read the text of the Emergency Preparedness Initiative for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, click HERE. It is VERY important for EVERY city in the country to be prepared for an emergency and not leave anyone behind, regardless of their physical or mental abilities.
The Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) and the North Carolina Emergency Management Department, began the enterprise. More than 100 emergency management planners, first responders, state agencies, partner organizations, family members, and self-advocates gathered to hear details of a technical plan and discuss next steps to improve emergency preparedness for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Emergency trainings will include 40 percent of people with disabilities in planning and actual exercise.
The NCCDD provided a grant to North Carolina Emergency Management for the ongoing development of the Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

It will also develop plan for replacing Durable Medical Equipment, DME at shelters during an emergency, as well as develop and implement a Functional Assessment Service Team, or FAST.
They need to understand that people with disabilities are valuable members of society who deserve the same protection as any other citizens. One thing I find missing from this article, and maybe I don’t understand totally but you seem to be talking more about the intellectual or developmental disability community than including ALL of the disabilities- spinal cord injury, stroke,MS,MD, ALS, Spina Bifada, and all the other physical ones. Sometimes I wonder if like the Red Cross which does a great job, really truely understand the needs of people with disabilities.

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