FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Grants are open for submissions

FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Grants are open for submissions

FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Grants are open for submissions. The deadline is May 30, 2014.

For Complete information, https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/93417

As you develop your grant applications for FY 2011, FEMA strongly encourages grantees to address how your Investments will increase the effectiveness of emergency preparedness planning and response and to increase the involvement of disability inclusion experts as partners across all aspects of emergency management.

Efforts to develop plans, and making decisions to purchase equipment and supplies should be done by including the whole community through meaningful dialogue and inclusion on planning committees. The following are examples that demonstrate the integration of disability access and functional needs efforts in emergency planning and response:

* Inclusive meeting practices may require providing Sign Language Interpreters, Computer Aided Real time Translation (CART), materials in alternate formats, facilitators with expertise in supporting inclusive discussions, accessible transportation or other assistance for community members with access and functional needs to participate on planning teams.
* Engaging disability groups in preparedness and evacuation planning may require supporting the work of local NGOs to produce materials and tools that are user friendly for a broader audience.
* General population shelter planning may require investments in training, equipment and supplies to meet access and functional needs.
* General population shelter planning may also benefit from practices that engage a broader planning team and may require the development of tools and resources by experts in disability inclusive practices.
* Tools may be needed for gap analysis and tracking the resources needed to support access and functional needs, rather than relying on registries of people. (e.g.: accessible transportation, durable medical equipment, personal assistance services providers, sign language interpreters, accessible housing resources, etc.).
* Cross-training for disability and other community groups, planners and emergency managers may be required to improve capacity for integrating access and functional needs in emergency preparedness and response.
* It may be necessary to conduct an analysis and evaluation of potential shelter locations for access compliance and to establish priority for utilization based on concluding results
* Support may be needed for a planner to integrate access and functional needs. Support of the full spectrum of accessible Emergency Alert, Warning and Notification systems for those with access and functional needs, such as but not limited to: Close Captioning (CC), visual and audible notification and motion/vibration alerts may be needed.
* It may be necessary to engage disability organizations in leading inclusive community emergency preparedness programs to increase preparedness.
* Support may be needed for inclusive neighborhood programs to increase skills and abilities of residents with disabilities as neighborhood leaders.

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