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Important Announcements: Online registration for this conference is closed, but there are still seats available. Attendees can register on-site with a completed registration form and payment. To download the registration form clickHERE

General Information


The Inclusive Hurricane Preparedness Conference will bring together emergency management and disability stakeholders from states throughout the Gulf Coast and the Eastern Seaboard to discuss the latest issues in preparing and responding to vulnerable populations during hurricanes.


This two-day conference is hosted by enableUS and the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) and will examine some of the greatest challenges that emergency managers face when responding to disability communities during hurricanes. The conference will focus on relationship building and the benefits of integrating disability organizations in hurricane planning and preparedness stages.  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 networking breaks between each phase, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and other attendees to exchange information about best practices and share personal experiences fostering an environment of cooperation and education.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA

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

Mike Womack, Director, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency


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What You Will Learn


Sheltering Issues

  • Special Needs vs. Medical Shelters
  • Integrating Special Needs Evacuees Into General Population Shelters
  • Accessibility in Your Shelter

Building Community Partnerships

  • Integrating the Private Sector, Faith-Based Organizations, Disability Organizations and Emergency Management Into a Working Relationship
  • Transitioning Long Term Recovery Committees into Long Term Recovery Organizations
  • Reciprocal Agreements with Neighboring Communities and States

Disability Population Demographics

  • What Does Your Disability Community Look Like
  • How 311 and 211 Systems and Special Needs Registries Help
  • Self-Identification Challenges - Dialysis, Obesity, Diabetes, etc

Evacuating Your Community

  • Updating Your Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements
  • Community Infrastructure Capabilities
  • Compliant Evacuation Transportation Needs


$350 – Government, Non-profit, Academia
$400 – Industry
* Cost includes training workshop, breakfast, lunch and breaks for both days

How to Register


Download the registration form and bring to the conference


108 Golf Circle

Bernville, PA 19506

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

Conference Location

Conference Location

The Inclusive Hurricane Preparedness Conference will be held at

IP Casino and Resort
850 Bay View Avenue Biloxi, MS, 39530


A room block has been reserved for this event of $79 a night, to reserve your room please contact the IP Casino and Resort at 888-946-2847 and mention the "Group Code: S100436" or reference the code on the Web site   

Sponsors and Partners
          EPI - Emergency Prepardness Initiative





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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