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Adequate planning and preparation require a functions-based perspective providing emergency managers with clear and actionable information by considering individual’s capabilities, rather than perceived vulnerabilities.
Organizations must develop a comprehensive knowledge base that includes local, regional, and national capabilities that concentrate on power outages, evacuation, public information and notification, sheltering, medical support, family support, and transportation. And throughout the process response leaders must identify best and promising practices and engage diverse stakeholders, including advocacy groups for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
Our research objectives for projects in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and other areas, focused on identifying concepts for a regional strategy in seven planning areas (power outages, shelters, public information and notification, evacuation, transportation, recovery and a regional strategy). We also provide Jurisdictions with technical assistance in reviewing and integrating best practices and recommendations into their plans and training.
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