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Organizers Forum: Emergency Preparedness, 10 Years Post Katrina

Tuesday, September 15; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern

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This month marks ten years after Katrina, with massive destruction and displacement faced by people with disabilities, seniors, families, and entire communities. What is happening now to make sure such a disaster won’t happen again? Hear from experts and advocates about emergency preparedness and disaster response for people with disabilities. Join a discussion about what kind of advocacy and organizing is needed. 


Paul Timmons, a veteran disability community organizer, is Board Chair of Portlight Strategies, Inc., a national disaster relief organization founded in 1997 by people with disabilities to serve the preparedness and response needs of people with disabilities and advocate for our inclusion in all aspects of this discipline.

Christy Dunaway has over 30 years of experience in the disability rights movement. She retired last year as the director of Living Independence For Everyone (LIFE) of Mississippi after 19 years of service with them. She currently consults with various entities to provide training and technical assistance on equal access, equal rights and emergency planning, response and recovery. She is the chairperson of the Emergency Planning and Response Subcommittee of the National Council on Independent Living.

Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call. If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let us know as soon as possible.

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Mark your calendars! The Organizer’s Forum has a call on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

Background: The Organizing Workgroup of the National Disability Leadership Alliance hosts these calls the third Tuesday of every month as a resource for disability organizers, in an effort toward building the organizing capacity of the disability community across the country. They generally follow the format of a Welcome followed by 2-3 experts in a given area speaking for a few minutes on their experiences, advice and challenges. The calls include a 20-30 minute question and answer period.

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