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Working with Special Populations in Disaster: Issues and Challenges — May 24, 2017

The CAPCOG conducted this workshop May 24 at St. Edwards University to increase emergency response teams’ understanding about the needs of special populations — such as children and people with functional and access needs — before, during, and after disasters.

Researchers and practitioners from Texas and Louisiana led the six hour-workshop sharing lessons learned from national and international incidents that can help shape more effective local planning for providing aid to these communities.

> Review the workshop flyer.
> Review the workshop agenda.
> Review the welcome presentation.

The discussion topics, presentations and information about the speakers are listed below:

Integrating Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities in Public Health Preparedness and Response

Dennis Andrulis, Ph.D., University of Texas School of Public Health, has more than 30 years of experience in health care research and policy focusing on vulnerable populations, their providers and their communities. As a University of Texas School of Public Health associate professor and with an affiliation with the Texas Health Institute, his work has led to advance health equity for racially and ethnically diverse and other vulnerable populations in three major areas: implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its equity implications related to the health care  workforce, marketplaces, safety net, public health and prevention, and quality health care; prompting policies and building community resilience to the consequences of climate change; and working with community based organizations to build accountable care communities.

> Review the presentation.
> Check out Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit.

Why, When and How to Communicate Effectively with Your Access and Functional Populations

Kay Chiodo has more than 30 years of experience in providing and developing communication solutions for people with sensory disabilities. She serves as chief executive officer of Services by Vital Signs, Inc. and Deaf Link, both which she founded. Vital Signs is one of the oldest and largest American Sign Language interpreting agencies in Texas. Deaf Link developed and provides services to assist local, state and federal agencies in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to people with sensory disabilities. In 2005, Deaf Link launched the first and only accessible emergency alerting system designed to meet the communication needs of those with sensory disabilities.

> Review the presentation.

Managing Children in Disasters: Planning for Their Unique Needs

George D. Haddow served as White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff to FEMA Director James L. Witt from 1993 to 2001. In this role, he was a principal architect of FEMA’s national disaster mitigation initiative, Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities. Haddow has worked in community and emergency management planning and operations for about 30 years and worked on projects for FEMA, the Corporation for National and Community Service, The World Bank, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and the Global Partnership for Preparedness. He has directed the development of seven disaster recovery planning training courses for FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Framework and directed the development of university-level education courses on crisis and risk communications and hazard risk management for FEMA’s Higher Education Program.

> Review the presentation.
> Download a list of resources geared towards children.

Working with the Elderly

Michelle A. Meyer, Ph.D., a Louisiana State University assistant professor, is a Next Generation of Hazard and disasters Researchers Fellow and an Early-Career Research Fellow with the Gulf Research Program 2016. Her research interests include environmental sociology and community sustainability, disaster resilience and mitigation, climate change displacement, environmental justice, and the interplay between environmental conditions and social vulnerability. Meyer has worked on multiple projects including analyzing governmental and nonprofit networks in long-term recovery; assessing variation in use of social media by population groups during disasters; and assessing earthquake protective action messaging in Haiti.

> Download the presentation.

Addressing the Needs of Children and Youth After Disasters and Critical Incidents

Marisol Acosta, MEd., with the Health and Human Services Commission of Texas in the Behavioral Health Services Department. As a trauma subject matter expert, she directs trauma informed care organizational transformation pilots for all community behavioral health services. Acosta holds a masters in counseling from the University of Houston and a graduate certificate from Harvard University and the Italy Ministry of Health on Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery, and is a licensed professional counselor in Texas. Her work has focused especially on children and adolescents, survivors of mass conflicts, refugees, unaccompanied minors, human trafficking, and survivors of torture, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

> Download the presentation.

Cybersecurity: Information Sharing Workshop — June 15-16, 2017

CAPCOG hosted the Center of Infrastructure Assurance and Security, at the University of Texas San Antonio, for a two-day training workshop designed to introduce information sharing concepts, their value and important aspects of how cyber information is used to strengthen cybersecurity. The course identified strategic planning factors assisting in the design of an information sharing program. Strategic planning in the workshop focused on designing goals, identifying what information will be shared and how that information will be distributed.

> Read the full workshop flyer.