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

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enableUS is an organization with a mission to match needs with resources for the emergency management and disability communities. Through accessible educational events, enableUS partners with government agencies, non-profits, associations, NGO's, and the private sector to empower these communities to prepare and respond to emergency situations. enableUS provides a forum that encourages the exchange of ideas, information and resources to better equip US all. www.enableus.org

The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) assists in developing and maintaining relationships between the emergency management and special needs communities.  Through accessible training offerings, CEPIN allows for a greater understanding in responding to disability communities when man-made and natural disasters occur.  The program was founded in 2004 when FEMA awarded a TDI a grant to provide training for emergency managers in the areas of responding to deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers. In 2007, DHS awarded TDI/CEPIN an additional grant to develop a Web-based training program for emergency managers that focuses on all disability communities.  This training program is scheduled to be delivered in early 2010. www.cepintdi.org


Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Inc., (TDI) was established in 1968 to promote the distribution of Teletypewriters (TTYs) in the Deaf community and to publish an annual national directory of TTY numbers known as “The Blue Book.” TDI is an active national, nonprofit advocacy organization that focuses its energies and resources to address equal access issues in telecommunications and media for four constituencies in deafness and hearing loss: deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deafblind.CEPIN is a program coordinated by TDI that promotes awareness and preparedness between emergency responders and disability communities.  www.tdi-online.org

The Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—down the street, across the country and around the world—in emergencies.  Each year victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. www.redcross.org

Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation Inc.

Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc. (DEAF Inc.) is a non-profit organization established in 2008 by a group of deaf individuals who wish to improve accessibility to communication and services because they have lived and seen life without effective communication access. DEAF Inc. is dedicated to dissolving communication barriers in the deaf communities and providing effective communications with the hearing community at large.  DEAF Inc. also provides interpreting services; advocacy support for the deaf individuals; sign language classes; promote empowerment activities, as well as events; and offer support to various niche groups within the deaf community.  Check out our website atwww.deafinc.org.


Become a Sponsor

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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