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Planning for the Whole Community: Addressing Access and Functional Needs Before, During and After Disasters

Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Pamela Allweiss, MD, MPH
Medical Officer
Division of Diabetes Translation
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Marci Roth
Office of Disability Integration and Coordination
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency


More than 50% of Americans have some type of functional disability. Over 133 million have at least one chronic medical condition and 1 in 3 Americans take prescription drugs for a long-term illness. Emergency management should be inclusive of individuals with access and functional needs, and communities should understand and meet the true needs of the entire community affected by a disaster. During this COCA conference call, subject matter experts will discuss how clinicians can work within their communities to integrate and coordinate emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts for children and adults with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during and after a disaster.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Understand the true needs of the entire affected community before, during and after disasters.
  • Discuss strategies to engage all aspects of the community in both defining needs and devising ways to meet them
  • Identify resources to strengthening the assets, institutions, and social processes that work well in communities on a daily basis to improve resilience and emergency management outcomes

Call Materials

Call Format

  • Live webcast and audio conference call on 2/14/12: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 2/14/12
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.