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General Information

The conference room block has been extended indefinitely to support last minute registrations. If you need to book a room at the discounted rate please click HERE


The Rocky Mountain Access & Functional Needs Conference will bring together emergency management, public health, human services and disability stakeholders from throughout the Rocky Mountain region to discuss the latest issues in inclusive emergency management and response.

This day-and-a-half conference is hosted by the Utah Department of Health, the Utah Emergency Management Association, the Utah Division of Emergency Management and enableUS. This interactive and engaging seminar will examine some of the greatest challenges in meeting the unique access and functional needs of the entire community in disasters and strategies to overcome these issues. 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 keynote and panel presentations, facilitated audience discussions, break out sessions and networking breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and other attendees to exchange information about what is working in communities throughout the Rocky Mountain region and the nation when including larger groups of stakeholders in emergency planning and response

Feature Speakers Include:

Marcie Roth, Director, Office on Disability Integration and Coordination, FEMA (invited)

Sarah Williams, Director, Audrain County Missouri Emergency Management Agency

Pat Seybold, Executive Director, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities

David Schaad, Disability Integration Specialist, FEMA Region VIII

Brian Lake, Principal, enableUS

Sheree Fugate, Disability and Emergency Management Consultant


Click Here to View Full Agenda


What You Will Learn


Sheltering Issues

  • Understanding the new FEMA Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) sheltering guidelines
  • How FNSS guidelines allows for a community based approach to sheltering
  • Current sheltering realities and strategies to mitigate accessibility in shelters
  • What it really means for your community

Building Community Partnerships

  • Integrating the Private Sector, Faith-Based Organizations, Disability Organizations and Emergency Management Communities
  • The important roles of VOADs, COADs, and Long Term Recovery Committees in preparedness phases of emergency management
  • 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
  • Mobilizing an accessible transportation network

Other Topics

  • Accessible Emergency Communications
  • Rural Community Preparedness
  • Building Collaborative Community Relationships
  • Litigation and Liability Issues
  • And More...


* Cost includes breakfast on both days and lunch on day one

There are only 150 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



There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the cost of the registration fee for this conference. If you are interested in applying for these scholarships, you must clink on the link and fax/email the form.


Conference Location

This Conference is being held at the Radisson Hotel - Salt Lake City Downtown


215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101


Room Block

There is a block of rooms being held at the Radisson at the government per diem rate of $95.

To reserve your room please call the hotel at 801-531-7500 and mention the Access and Functional Needs Conference or click HERE to reserve online.!

Organizational Sponsors

Interested in showcasing your products and solutions to an audience of government agency decision makers? Budget-conscious sponsorship packages are available for this conference. Contact Brian Lake 703-894-7414 for further information.

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