Emergency Management and Preparedness – Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series


Marcie Roth, Director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, would like to announce the next session in the “Emergency Management and Preparedness – Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series”.   “Communication with People with Disabilities in Disasters” webinar will take place November 12, 2013. This free webinar will focus on communicating with people with disabilities during and after an emergency or disaster including warnings, emergency public information, and disaster recovery information using experiences and observations from the May 2013 Severe Weather, Tornadoes, and Flooding in Oklahoma. If you would like to join this informative webinar, please register on-line at www.adaconferences.org/Emergency.

Learning Objectives :

  • Participants will be able to describe the difference between warnings, emergency public information, general public information.
  • Participants will be able to identify successful and unsuccessful communications for the deaf/hard of hearing population during the May 2013 tornados in Oklahoma City.
  • Participants will be able to identify how to get the word out to the blind or visually impaired population of an impending emergency; how to find this population; and best practices in continuing communication after the emergency event.
  • Participants will be able to identify best practices and successful approaches for communicating with people who have a cognitive disability in a disaster.

Presenter :

·Franklin Barnes – Emergency Manager Oklahoma City
As the Emergency Manager for the City of Oklahoma City, Franklin Barnes,  is responsible for Coordinating Oklahoma City’s comprehensive emergency management program.  In the past six years he has been involved in the response to and recovery from ten (10) major incidents that resulted in either a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration or a Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration.  Mr. Barnes is a graduate of FEMA’s National Emergency Management Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and Oklahoma Emergency Management Association (OEMA).
·Vicky Golightly – Public Information Officer, Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Vicky Golightly has spent the past 36 years working at organizations that provide services to and address the needs of people who are blind or have low vision. She serves in leadership roles and as a member on numerous committees including currently being First Vice President of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind,  and Board member and Past President and current Secretary of the Oklahoma Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and is a past member of a Functional Needs Task Force on emergency preparedness for at-risk populations.
·Stephanie Green Nichols, CI & CT – Executive Director of Sign Language Resource Services
Ms. Nichols has been the Executive Director of Sign Language Resource Services since 2000. Ms. Nichols provided sign language resources during the disaster recovery after the May 20th tornado.  A registered interpreter, Ms. Nichols has a level 5 interpretation certification and level 5 transliteration certification.  She serves on the Advisory Board for the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Interpreter Training Program.  She is also an Oklahoma QAST evaluator of sign language interpreters.
·Jason Price – Program Manager – Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

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