Upcoming Webinars on Inclusive Planning for Disasters

Announcing a new webinar – “ADA National Network Learning Session: What Large-Scale Planned Events can Teach us About Inclusive Planning for Disasters: Lessons Learned from the 2014 World Series Championship Parade & Civic Celebration in San Francisco.”
February 12th, 2015
Webinars begin at 2.30pm ET/1.30pm CT/12.30 pm MT/11.30am PT/9.30am Hawaii.
Registration: Free on-line at http://www.adapresentations.org/registration.php
We often think of disaster planning in terms of a big fire, earthquake, tornado, or terrorist attack. However, many large-scale planned public events require similar emergency planning and coordination with Police, Fire, Transportation, and Public Information Officers, and the ability to react with just in time creative and flexible approaches to problem-solving.

Using the 2014 San Francisco Giants’ Championship Parade and Civic Celebration as a case study, participants will:
• Understand necessary steps in pre-planning to ensure the inclusion and safety of people with disabilities and seniors.
• Review public information dissemination and other strategies to ensure effective communication before and during a large-scale event.
• Draw the common themes between large-scale events and disasters and use them as an opportunity to practice disaster response.
Presenters:  Carla Johnson, CBO, CASp. Dir. of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability, which is the City’s ADA compliance program.

Thanks to Peg Blechman for the citation.


One more related webinar:March 3rd-4th – Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning; Sponsored by the Emergency Management Institute (Emmitsburg, MD), this two-day course will train emergency planners how to include disability-and functional needs–inclusive practices in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plans. Lessons will define disabilities and access and functional needs, identify resources to assist in planning for adults and children with disabilities, and raise awareness of the importance of inclusive practices. Continuing health education credits are available. Cost and Registration: Free, register before January 6, 2015. For more information and pre-course requirements, please visit this website


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New Orleans – still debating development 10 years after Katrina

From the Guardian, this article about the ongoing debate about how to redevelop the badly damaged 9th ward in New Orleans.

Update: The Guardian seems to have done several articles on New Orleans, and the links keep changing. If you want to track their coverage of the recovery, use the search box to find the articles.

Once again, evidence that recovery from disaster may take decades.

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Latest Issue of Australian Journal of EM

Here is the direct URL to the new issue.

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New Report on Recovery from the APA

Check out this site for information about a long-awaited recovery report from the American Planning Association. The title is Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation; 205 pp.   You can download it or order a hard copy.

Note: this is a really important document.  It has been in the works for years and it was written by several national experts.  Also, the APA website has a number of supporting and supplement files related to the report.

The Diva now has a hard copy and thinks it is an excellent basic reference for all concerned with recovery. And she recommends it for a textbook for recovery courses and training programs.

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Report on “Global Risks, 2015″

From the World Economic Forum, this new report on Global Risks, 2015. (47 pp) This is a thoughtful piece of work, made even more compelling via an interesting graphic display of the risks, past and future. Here are some details from the WEF regarding the top 10 risks for 2015 and beyond:

The biggest threat to the stability of the world in the next 10 years comes from the risk of international conflict, according to the 10th edition of the Global Risks report, which is published today.

The report, which every year features an assessment by experts on the top global risks in terms of likelihood and potential impact over the coming 10 years, finds interstate conflict with regional consequences as the number one global risk in terms of likelihood, and the fourth most serious risk in terms of impact. In terms of likelihood, as a risk it exceeds extreme weather events (2), failure of national governance systems (3), state collapse or crisis (4) and high structural unemployment or underemployment (5).

Thanks to fellow blogger, Eric Holdeman, for calling this report to my attention. He specifically mentioned the reference to the ongoing work of the National Academy of Science and its resilience efforts with three pilot cities. See pages 50 and 51 of the report for more details about what it termed an exemplary effort to reduce risks and further resilience.


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Challenge Issued to Disaster Insurers

From a Canadian insurance industry source, this article titled Insurers Must Cover More Catastrophes Worldwide or Risk Being Replaced by Governments.

Here in the U.S. we have had the National Flood Insurance Program for many decades, yet it remains plagued with problems as presently operated by FEMA/DHS. Major problems occurred after Hurricane Sandy, which was 2 plus years ago. So, is government the answer?

Thanks to Franklin McDonald for calling this source to my attention. He questioned whether there is conflation of micro and meta issues in this article. Your comments are invited.

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Agenda for UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – March 2015

I recently got this announcement: A draft programme for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan is now available.


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