Whole Community Preparedness: Mitigating Emergencies through Community Investment, Altered Perceptions, and Personal Preparedness


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Start Time: 

2:00 PM

End Time: 

4:00 PM

Emergency situations can occur anywhere and anytime to anyone. They can come in all forms and can be personal or widespread. Our resilience and possibly survival is determined by our preparedness and ability to respond regardless of the source of the emergency.

Individuals with a disability and other vulnerable populations need to be more prepared but often are less prepared than others. This workshop will explore current preparedness of individuals with disabilities here in Hawaii, perceptions of preparedness and personal potential for individuals and their families, and personal and community strategies to build strong, resilient, prepared people and mitigate emergencies of all kinds. Throughout this workshop participants will have the opportunity to share experiences, problem solve situations and engage in the learning process.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will learn about the agency and stakeholder work that has been underway in Hawai‘i to include individuals with a disability in statewide preparedness planning.
  • Participants will be introduced to the emergency management and disability agencies that are collaborating on statewide action plans and will learn what the roles of various agencies are.
  • Participants will receive practical information on what they can and should expect from government agencies in an emergency situation, understanding what their own roles and responsibilities are.
  • Participants will learn about tools and techniques to improve their own preparedness and response capacity, and how they can become a contributor rather than a recipient of care.
  • Participants will hear stories of self-advocates in Hawaii who have used these resources to change and save lives.

Workshop Leader Biographies

Dawn Skaggs is responsible for managing multiple activities and projects on emergency preparedness of individuals with a disability and their participation in whole community planning and response. She collaborates closely with disabilities and emergency management agencies in her position with the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii.

Debbie Jackson is a Planner with the Disability and Communication Access Board and a Emergency Preparedness Resource for whole community collaboration. She serves as a leader, initiator, and coordinator for emergency preparedness and response activities throughout Hawaii and is a key liaison between vastly divergent cooperating agencies statewide.

Yoko Kitami works on an emergency preparedness project for individuals with disabilities, focusing on self-advocate trainer development and research activities that enhance decision-making capacity of local agencies. She is also involved in various other community and education projects at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Nicole Kelly is a Certified Feeling Safe Being Safe Emergency Preparedness Trainer. She has experience training individuals with a disability to become prepared for an emergency, and presenting at state and national conferences on the importance of each person becoming prepared.

Joanne Getty is a Feeling Safe Being Safe Facilitator and a representative of Easter Seals Hawai‘i. Joanne, provides support and coaching to self-advocate trainers in their personal and professional goal setting. Joanne is a skilled and innovative trainer and facilitator with a focus on the unique skills of each self-advocate.