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General Information


The 2011 enABLED in Emergencies Conference will bring together emergency management, human services and disability stakeholders from throughout the Pacific Northwest to discuss the latest issues in preparing and responding to disability communities during emergencies and disasters.

This day and a half conference is hosted by enableUS and the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN). 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. 

Most importantly, this conference will focus on how disability, human services, public health and nonprofit communities should be engaged in the emergency management planning process.  This forum will foster a learning environment where emergency managers, planners and first responders will sit together with these communities at the same table to discuss ways to improve collaboration.

Through keynote and panel presentations, facilitated audience discussions 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

Norman Smith, Chairman, New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council

Brian Lake, President, enableUS

Sheri Badger, Planning, Mitigation and Recovery Supervisor, Pierce County Emergency Management

Donna Platt, Emergency Education Program Manager, Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center


Robin Pfohman, Vulnerable Populations Action Team, King County Public Health

Click here to view the full agenda


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

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 both days and lunch on the first day as well as all conference materials

There are only 100 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, Suite 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

The 2011 enABLED in Emergencies Conference will be held at


The Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402

The Hotel Murano is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Tacoma


Room Block

There is a block of rooms reserved at the government per diem rate of $109 until Feb. 8, 2011. To reserve your room contact the Hotel Murano directly at 1-888-862-3255 and mention the enABLED in Emergencies Conference.


Organizational Sponsors

enableUSCEPIN - Community Emergency Prepardness Information Network           TDI       

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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