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FEMA is addressing the importance of including people with disabilities in disaster planning and operations on the latest episode of their Before, During and After Podcast.

They will discuss the importance of partnership and planning. “Partnerships are even more critical to build prior to disasters to ensure there’s a trust bond that exists that makes communication and navigating the voids of uncertainty – that are typical in disasters – a lot easier to deal with,” says Gillums, acting CEO of NACDD.

2023 was a historic year for weather and climate related disasters alone. There were 28 weather and climate disasters in 2023, surpassing the previous record of 22 in 2020, tallying a price tag of at least $92.9 billion. 2023 was also deadly, causing at least 492 direct or indirect fatalities—the 8th most disaster-related fatalities for the contiguous U.S. since 1980. Making sure that people with disabilities are included in preparation, evacuation plans, and restoration is important to keep these numbers down.

FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination recently released a new version of its training course IS-368.A, titled “Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Operations,” which provides an overview of information and strategies to include people with disabilities during preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

To listen to the podcast, visit Before, During & After |

To take the training, visit FEMA – Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Course | IS-368.A: Including People With Disabilities in Disaster Operations.

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