(16 June 2015) Early in 2014, IAEM-USA and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) established a Joint Task Force for Inclusive Emergency Management Planning to engage any and all necessary parties as operational solutions are identified and shared with members, thus assisting local offices in meeting their legal and professional service charge. It was the desire of both organizations to provide real world solutions and support to their members, so that funds and personnel could be better targeted to the actual work at hand. The taskforce was charged to develop a toolkit for local and state emergency managers, to best provide services to those with disabilities and functional needs. The work of the task force has resulted in two documents: the Disability Access and Functional Needs Emergency Planning Guidance and the Quick Reference Glossary Terminology List (since updated 06 Aug 2015). These documents are dynamic and will be maintained through the continued work of both organizations. IAEM and NEMA hope that these materials will be helpful in either the enhancement of current efforts or in the successful development of new tools as emergency management planners work to meet the needs of their entire communities. Download joint press release.
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