enableUS & The National Organization on Disability’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative Present:
enABLED in Emergencies Conference
September 29-30, 2009 • Hilton Philadelphia Airport

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General Information

Online registration for this event is now closed, you can still register for this event, you must Download the registration form and bring it with you to the conference or call 703-894-7414

The enABLED in Emergencies Conference will bring together emergency management experts, responders, advocates, service-providers and policy makers from the public and private sector, to discuss the latest issues in responding to people with disabilities or special needs during emergencies. The conference will merge practical technical assistance principals with real world examples for dealing with vulnerable populations when a disaster strikes.

team transport of displaced victumsThis two-day conference is hosted by enableUS and the National Organization on Disability’s Emergency Preparedness Initiative to examine some of the greatest challenges that emergency managers face when responding to special needs populations. Through networking breaks between each phase, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and other attendees to learn and share personal experiences of emergency management for the disabled, including best practices and challenges faced.

What You Will Learn

  • Communications and accessibility in times of emergency

    • Best practices through federal, state and local case studies
    • How to deliver essential information during emergencies in formats that are accessible to all
    • Current available communication technologies and systems limitations

  • Sheltering Before, During & After Disasters

    • Sheltering for medical needs populations
    • Sheltering people with disabilities or special needs in general population shelters
    • How to adapt and shelter on the fly, if the preplanning fails

  • Workplace preparedness for employees with disabilities and COOP planning

  • Special needs assistance programs

  • Disability preparedness education programs

  • Search and rescue tactics for first responders to respond to special needs populations


Keynote Announcements:

Lt. General Russell Honore, Commander, Joint Task Force Katrina, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Marcie Roth, Senior Advisor for Disability Affairs, FEMA

For full agenda click here.


$400 – Government, Non-profit, Academia
$500 – Industry
* Cost includes breakfast, lunch and breaks for both days

How to Register


Download the registration form and bring it with you to the conference or call 703-894-7414

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
Security Managers
Disability Service Providers
Policy Makers and Advocates
Community-Based Service Providers
Academia Professionals and Students
Legal Professionals
Private Industry

Conference Location

The enABLED in Emergencies Conference will be held at
Hilton Philadelphia Airport
4509 Island Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19153

Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the airport, if you require a wheelchair accessible shuttle, please contact Brian Lake at 610-488-5108 to secure a pick-up.

Sponsors and Partners
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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 610-488-5108 for further information.

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