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Student With Mobile Disability Pushes School to Plan for Evacuation

Although I usually do not post content from vendors, I found this story quite compelling. This story was provided to me via email as a press release by: Jon Ryan Account Executive | Black Twig Communications. Student With Mobile Disability Implements Sustainable Evacuation Plan … Continue reading

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Therapy Dogs: Providing Comfort After Disaster Strikes

The recent bombing in Boston, as well as the horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut brought attention to the psychological needs of people after disaster strikes. We all have a sense that the presence of dog might bring comfort, but why?   … Continue reading

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UMMS Shriver Center Emergency Preparedness and Response Initiative

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Shriver Center Emergency Preparedness and Response Initiative is a tremendous resource for Emergency Management Directors, healthcare providers, first responders and public health employees in Massachusetts. However, it should be noted that the Center’s Initiative … Continue reading

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Mass Relay and MassMatch: Enabling Independence

In this post we’d like to provide information on two services available in Massachusetts: Mass Relay and Mass Match. Since the late 1960s TTY, or tele-typewriter, has been connecting people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to other telephone users via text … Continue reading

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FEMA Presentation: Disability Inclusive Emergency Management

Post by: Kim Stephens I would like to call your attention to a presentation published by FEMA last month titled: “Disability Inclusive Emergency Management: Understanding the preparedness, response and recovery needs of the whole community.” The 54 page powerpoint includes … Continue reading

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Disaster Planning for People Experiencing Homelessness

Post by: Kim Stephens I have heard the argument that disaster planning is geared toward middle class Americans and that not enough attention is paid to those who do not fit the stereotypical definition of the “norm.” A paper, titled … Continue reading

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Communicating with Individuals Requiring Additional Assistance: There’s an app for that!

Post by: Kim Stephens The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, Emergency Preparedness Bureau has created a hands-on tool to reduce communication barriers and better assist individuals with access and functional needs (or IRAA) during an emergency. “Show Me: … Continue reading

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