Wednesday, April 3, 2013 / 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital
680 Centre Street
Brockton, MA 02302
Thursday, April 11, 2013 / 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
35 Northampton Street
6th Floor, Boston Lawlor Regional Medical Intelligence Center
Boston, MA 02118
Recent events have demonstrated the necessity for planning efforts to integrate the diverse needs of populations into each phase of emergency management (prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery). This course will introduce the Whole Community Emergency Planning Framework, a synthesis of strategic planning approaches to support inclusive emergency planning for communities.
The reality is that at least 50% of the population in the United States is likely to require some type of specialized assistance in an emergency. Of that 50%, 20% are likely to have access or functional needs that will affect their ability to prepare adequately for a disaster or their ability to recover prior functioning and stability. This concept is supported by a significant number of related laws, national policies, and planning initiatives, including “A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action” (FEMA, December 2011).
This course will emphasize the role and responsibility of emergency management and ESF 8 stakeholders to become aware of, recognize, and incorporate the diverse needs of their communities into emergency management processes including an overview of the national guidance and legal foundations that support and/or require these actions. The course will provide examples of best practices, lessons identified, tools, web-based resources, diverse needs concepts, and contact information that will help participants to strengthen their planning processes to protect the diverse needs of communities in the event of a disaster.
The Whole Community Emergency Planning Framework is built upon three major concepts: