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  • Keith Armstrong
    National Organization on Disability announces formation of new independent task force of
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 20, 2005
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      <http://www.nod.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=11>

      National Organization on Disability announces formation of new
      independent task force of disability and emergency management leaders

      October 5, 2005

      WASHINGTON, D.C.—Releasing the findings of their Hurricane Katrina
      rapid assessment teams, the National Organization on Disability
      (N.O.D.) announces the formation of a new task force of disability
      and emergency management leaders.

      "To dramatically lessen the system-wide challenges which resulted in
      terrible individual tragedies, we are forming an independent task
      force composed of disability and emergency management leaders," said
      Michael R. Deland, Chairman and President, National Organization on
      Disability.

      "The task force report will be widely disseminated to stakeholders
      and decision-makers at all levels of government to help form the
      foundation for a safer America."

      In response to the devastation and tragic loss of life caused by
      Hurricane Katrina, N.O.D. deployed four rapid assessment teams to
      investigate the status of response and recovery for the special needs
      populations, which included people with disabilities, the elderly and
      medically managed individuals. Their goal was to identify and review
      systemic points of weakness, as well as and opportunities for
      immediate actionable corrections that will alleviate suffering during
      emergency response operations. The assessment teams were comprised of
      nationally recognized disability and emergency management
      specialists. N.O.D.'s efforts were funded by the U.S. Department of
      Education Rehabilitation Services Administration.

      "I'm delighted that our grant monies were able to fund an essential
      examination of the special needs of the people with disabilities in
      disasters," said John H. Hager, Assistant Secretary of Education,
      U.S.

      Office of Education and Rehabilitative Services. "I'm optimistic that
      this effort will result in improved preparedness measures for people
      with disabilities." The Special Needs Assessment 4 Katrina (SNAKE)
      project was an extremely fast operation with the singular goal of
      identifying systemic points of breakdown and actionable corrections
      which can alleviate suffering. The project was initiated in the
      spirit of humanitarian oversight for the benefit of all. This was an
      extremely time-sensitive operation as the opportunity to capture
      appropriate data and accounts will dissipate with the closing of
      several major evacuation shelter operations.

      SNAKE gathered data on gaps in response efforts and on long-term
      recovery needs. It also collected information to support or disprove
      "stories" that emerged from the disability and senior communities.

      In addition to the independent task force, N.O.D.'s immediate calls
      for action include:

      * A direct liaison position created to coordinate the special needs
      of people with disabilities at all levels of government

      * Emergency information available in accessible formats

      * The need for daily living and medical needs of people with
      disabilities with the providers of these services at all levels of
      government

      * The cross-training of emergency managers and disability
      organizations to integrate the special needs and requirements of
      each other

      * The immediate collaboration between disability design experts and
      housing contractors to increase the construction of temporary and
      permanent accessible housing

      "We need to formulate and implement thoughtful new policies which
      will help ensure the safety and speed the recovery of people with
      disabilities in future tragedies," said Dick Thornburgh, a founding
      Director of N.O.D. and Governor of Pennsylvania during the Three Mile
      Island nuclear disaster. "I enthusiastically endorse the National
      Organization on Disability convening a task force of key stakeholders
      to formulate recommendations for decision-makers at all levels of
      government."


      The full report of the Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE)
      Project is available in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF Formats. To
      download either version of the report, click on the one of the links
      below:

      Report on SNAKE Project: Adobe PDF Version

      <http://www.nod.org/Resources/PDFs/katrina_snake_report.pdf> (126 KB)

      Report on SNAKE Project: Microsoft Word Version

      <http://www.nod.org/Resources/PDFs/katrina_snake_report.doc> (171 KB)


      TV Worldwide's web cast of the October 5 SNAKE briefing can be viewed
      by clicking on the link below:

      TV Worldwide Web Cast of October 5th SNAKE Project Briefing
      <http://www.tvworldwide.com/showclip.cfm?ID=6249&clip=2>

      The CART transcript from the October 5th SNAKE Project Briefing is
      available in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF Formats. To download either
      version of the transcript, click on the one of the links below:

      CART Transcript from October 5th SNAKE Project Briefing: Adobe PDF
      Version

      <http://www.nod.org/Resources/PDFs/katrina_snake_briefing.pdf>
      (123 KB)

      CART Transcript from October 5th SNAKE Project Briefing: Microsoft
      Word Version

      <http://www.nod.org/Resources/PDFs/katrina_snake_briefing.doc>
      (163 KB)


      About National Organization on Disability

      The National Organization on Disability, founded in 1982, promotes
      the full and equal participation and contribution of America's more
      than 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all
      aspects of life. For more information, contact N.O.D. at 202/293-
      5960; TDD: 202/293-5968; or visit www.nod.org.

      For more information, contact:

      Mary Dolan
      (202) 955-6313 (office) ? (202) 368-1083 (mobile) ? Dolanm@...

      Maura Keaney
      (202) 659-7902 (office) ? (202) 409-7584 (mobile) ?
      mkeaney@...


      Read also:

      N.O.D. Announces Immediate Deployment of Special Needs Rapid
      Assessment

      Team for Hurricane Katrina

      <http://www.nod.org/index.cfm?
      fuseaction=Feature.showFeature&FeatureID=1538>


      N.O.D. to Release Findings of Assessment of Katrina's Impact on
      Disability and Special Needs Communities on October 5
      <http://www.nod.org/index.cfm?
      fuseaction=Feature.showFeature&FeatureID=1544>
    • lm murray
      Wow, Keith in the know! Thanks for this. Louise Keith Armstrong wrote: National Organization on Disability announces formation of
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 23, 2005
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        Wow, Keith in the know!  Thanks for this.
         
        Louise

        Keith Armstrong <keitharm@...> wrote:


        National Organization on Disability announces formation of new
        independent task force of disability and emergency management leaders

        October 5, 2005

        WASHINGTON, D.C.—Releasing the findings of their Hurricane Katrina
        rapid assessment teams, the National Organization on Disability
        (N.O.D.) announces the formation of a new task force of disability
        and emergency management leaders.

        "To dramatically lessen the system-wide challenges which resulted in
        terrible individual tragedies, we are forming an independent task
        force composed of disability and emergency management leaders," said
        Michael R. Deland, Chairman and President, National Organization on
        Disability.

        "The task force report will be widely disseminated to stakeholders
        and decision-makers at all levels of government to help form the
        foundation for a safer America."

        In response to the devastation and tragic loss of life caused by
        Hurricane Katrina, N.O.D. deployed four rapid assessment teams to
        investigate the status of response and recovery for the special needs
        populations, which included people with disabilities, the elderly and
        medically managed individuals. Their goal was to identify and review
        systemic points of weakness, as well as and opportunities for
        immediate actionable corrections that will alleviate suffering during
        emergency response operations. The assessment teams were comprised of
        nationally recognized disability and emergency management
        specialists. N.O.D.'s efforts were funded by the U.S. Department of
        Education Rehabilitation Services Administration.

        "I'm delighted that our grant monies were able to fund an essential
        examination of the special needs of the people with disabilities in
        disasters," said John H. Hager, Assistant Secretary of Education,
        U.S.

        Office of Education and Rehabilitative Services. "I'm optimistic that
        this effort will result in improved preparedness measures for people
        with disabilities." The Special Needs Assessment 4 Katrina (SNAKE)
        project was an extremely fast operation with the singular goal of
        identifying systemic points of breakdown and actionable corrections
        which can alleviate suffering. The project was initiated in the
        spirit of humanitarian oversight for the benefit of all. This was an
        extremely time-sensitive operation as the opportunity to capture
        appropriate data and accounts will dissipate with the closing of
        several major evacuation shelter operations.

        SNAKE gathered data on gaps in response efforts and on long-term
        recovery needs. It also collected information to support or disprove
        "stories" that emerged from the disability and senior communities.

        In addition to the independent task force, N.O.D.'s immediate calls
        for action include:

        * A direct liaison position created to coordinate the special needs
        of people with disabilities at all levels of government

        * Emergency information available in accessible formats

        * The need for daily living and medical needs of people with
        disabilities with the providers of these services at all levels of
        government

        * The cross-training of emergency managers and disability
        organizations to integrate the special needs and requirements of
        each other

        * The immediate collaboration between disability design experts and
        housing contractors to increase the construction of temporary and
        permanent accessible housing

        "We need to formulate and implement thoughtful new policies which
        will help ensure the safety and speed the recovery of people with
        disabilities in future tragedies," said Dick Thornburgh, a founding
        Director of N.O.D. and Governor of Pennsylvania during the Three Mile
        Island nuclear disaster. "I enthusiastically endorse the National
        Organization on Disability convening a task force of key stakeholders
        to formulate recommendations for decision-makers at all levels of
        government."


        The full report of the Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE)
        Project is available in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF Formats. To
        download either version of the report, click on the one of the links
        below:

        Report on SNAKE Project: Adobe PDF Version

        (126 KB)

        Report on SNAKE Project: Microsoft Word Version

        (171 KB)


        TV Worldwide's web cast of the October 5 SNAKE briefing can be viewed
        by clicking on the link below:

        TV Worldwide Web Cast of October 5th SNAKE Project Briefing


        The CART transcript from the October 5th SNAKE Project Briefing is
        available in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF Formats. To download either
        version of the transcript, click on the one of the links below:

        CART Transcript from October 5th SNAKE Project Briefing: Adobe PDF
        Version


        (123 KB)

        CART Transcript from October 5th SNAKE Project Briefing: Microsoft
        Word Version


        (163 KB)


        About National Organization on Disability

        The National Organization on Disability, founded in 1982, promotes
        the full and equal participation and contribution of America's more
        than 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all
        aspects of life. For more information, contact N.O.D. at 202/293-
        5960; TDD: 202/293-5968; or visit www.nod.org.

        For more information, contact:

        Mary Dolan
        (202) 955-6313 (office) ? (202) 368-1083 (mobile) ? Dolanm@...

        Maura Keaney
        (202) 659-7902 (office) ? (202) 409-7584 (mobile) ?
        mkeaney@...


        Read also:

        N.O.D. Announces Immediate Deployment of Special Needs Rapid
        Assessment

        Team for Hurricane Katrina

        fuseaction=Feature.showFeature&FeatureID=1538>


        N.O.D. to Release Findings of Assessment of Katrina's Impact on
        Disability and Special Needs Communities on October 5
        fuseaction=Feature.showFeature&FeatureID=1544>






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