Arizona Partners in Preparedness Conference - March 9-10, 2011


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Important Information: The conference location has been moved to the Phoenix Airport Marriott 1101 N 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008


General Information


The Arizona Partners in Preparedness Conference will bring together emergency management, human services and disability stakeholders from throughout Arizona to discuss the latest issues in preparing and responding to disability communities during emergencies and disasters.

This two day conference is hosted by the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council and enableUS. This interactive and engaging seminar will examine some of the greatest challenges that emergency management and disability communities face when responding to disasters and emergencies. The conference will focus on new FEMA sheltering guidelines, emergency evacuations for disability communities, jurisdictional liability issues, how to develop collaborative community partnerships as well as discuss issues such as registries, information sharing networks and accessible communications.  Speakers from national, state and local government agencies and organizations will focus on programs that have worked in their communities as well as continued shortfalls and challenges that they experience. 

Through keynote and panel presentations, facilitated audience discussions, assistive technology demonstrations and networking breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and other attendees to exchange information about best practices and share personal experiences.

Featured Speakers Include:

Marcie Roth, Director, Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, FEMA

Sarah Williams, Director, Audrain County Missouri Emergency Management Agency

Pat Seybold, Executive Director, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities

Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation

Tony DiRenzi, Executive Director, Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council

Pete Weaver, Executive Director, Maricopa County Emergency Management Agency

Lou Trammell, Director, Arizona Division of Emergency Management

What You Will Learn


Sheltering Issues

  • Understanding the new FEMA FNSS sheltering guidelines
  • How the Department of Justice plans to address and enforce the FNSS guidelines
  • Current sheltering realities and strategies to mitigate accessibility
  • Liability and litigation issues for municipal and county agencies

Building Community Partnerships

  • Integrating the Private Sector, Faith-Based Organizations, Disability Organizations and Emergency Management Communities
  • How to develop working relationships with little or no budget
  • How to step outside your constituent comfort zone
  • Realities of rural community planning versus urban community planning
  • Developing Special Needs Advisory Panels (SNAPs)

Emergency Evacuations

  • Accessible emergency evacuation planning
  • Transportation resources and availability
  • Realities of current statewide planning and resource allocation

Accessible Communications

  • Accessible emergency alerting
  • Providing communications in shelters and for first responders


* Cost includes breakfast and lunch both days

There are only 150 spots available for this conference, register today to ensure your participation!

How to Register

Register Online HERE

Download the registration form and mail it


Attn: Brian Lake

181 Harvard Street #1

Cambridge, MA 02139

or FAX the registration form to 703-964-9891

Who Should Attend

Federal, State and Local Government Officials
Emergency Managers, Planners, Coordinators
First Responders
Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and Paramedics
Military Personnel
Hospital Administrators and Medical Professionals
Public Health Officials
Disability Service Providers
Policy Makers and Advocates
Community-Based Service Providers
Academia Professionals and Students
Legal Professionals
Private Industry

Conference Location

Conference Location


Phoenix Airport Marriott
1011 N 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008


Room Block

A room block has been reserved for the conference attendees at the Phoenix Airport Marriott at the government per diem rate of $126. Click HERE to reserve your room or call the hotel directly at 602-273-7373 and mention group code ILCILCA.

Organizational Sponsors

Interested in showcasing your products and solutions to an audience of government agency decision makers? Budget-conscious sponsorship packages are available for this conference. Click here for a sponsorship package or contact Brian Lake 703-894-7414 for further information.

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