Midwest Partners in Preparedness Conference Sept 29-30, 2010 - Fostering Relationships Between Emergency Management and Disability Communities

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                 As of Sept. 22nd there are only 20 spaces still available...Register Today to secure your spot!

General Information


The Midwest Partners in Preparedness Conference will bring together emergency management and disability stakeholders from states throughout the Midwest 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) and 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, regional issues such as ice storms, flooding and tornados as well as the effectiveness of special needs 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 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.

Featured Speakers Include:

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

Sarah Williams, Director, Audrain County Emergency Management Agency

Jeanine Worden, Deputy Director, Civil Liberties Office, Department of Justice

Pat Seybold, Executive Director, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities

Sheree Fugate, Emergency Management Consultant

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

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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
  • American Red Cross programmatic responses and current sheltering realities
  • How to cost-effectively adhere to the new guidelines

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

Communications, Outreach and Accessibility

  • The role 311 and 211 systems as well as special needs registries play in your community
  • Accessible alerting and communications
  • Information sharing exchanges for state agencies and emergency responders


* Cost includes breakfast both days and lunch on the first day

As of Sept. 15th there are only 45 spaces still available...Register Today to secure your spot!

How to Register

Register Online HERE

Download the registration form and mail it


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 Midwest Partners in Preparedness Conference will be held at

Drury Plaza Hotel - At the Arch
2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102


A room block has been reserved for this event of $110 a night, to reserve your room please contact the Drury Plaza Hotel at 1-800-378-7946 and mention the "Group Code: 2085343"


The room block has expired, rooms at the $110 may still be available but attendees must call the hotel directly and mention the group code!

Sponsors and Partners
enableUS        CEPIN - Community Emergency Prepardness Information Network           TDI    American Red CrossInnovative Data Solutions

Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation Inc.

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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