Conference Will Help Those With Disabilities Better Prepare for Emergencies

May 19, 2009  

The City of Jacksonville Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Division has partnered with the ILRC of Northeast Florida and BROOKS Health System to host the third annual Emergency Preparedness Conference for Persons with Disabilities.

WHEN: Thursday, May 21

  • Agencies: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Public: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: Prime Osborn Convention Center, 100 Water St.


  • Chip Wilson, statewide disability coordinator, Florida Division of Emergency Management
  • Steve Letro, meteorologist in charge, National Weather Service
  • Katie Metz, ADA coordinator, City of Jacksonville, Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Division
  • Capt. Tim Devin, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Individuals with disabilities and their care givers

The agency track will offer contingency planning for local businesses and organizations. All individuals who attend the agency track will have the opportunity to be FEMA-certified in “Special Needs Planning considerations for Service and Support Providers.”

This event will provide information on emergency preparedness with a focus on topics pertinent to individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. Workshops will be available to those in attendance on topics such as financial preparation, HUD disaster assistance, managing your medications in a crisis, sheltering in place versus evacuation and pandemic flu.

Registration is required. Lunch and a disaster preparedness workbook are free for all who attend. There will also be an opportunity for nearly 200 participants to win a weather radio. Opportunities for vendors and sponsors are still available. For more information or to register, call (904) 399-8484.