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Participate in the #DisabilityInclusiveDisasterPrep Video Challenge! 

Prior to their 2018 National Getting It Right Conference in Washington, DC from May 23 to 25, the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has announced a #DisabilityInclusiveDisasterPrep Video Challenge. They would like members of the disability community to submit short videos (1 to 2 minutes) explaining why emergency preparedness professionals need to include people with disabilities throughout their disaster planning process. The first 20 submissions will receive free registration for the online webcast of the Getting it Right Conference in May. You can find out more information on how to submit a video below and in their Google Document. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please email

#DisabilityInclusiveDisasterPrep Video Challenge!

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies wants YOU to talk about why disability-inclusive disaster preparedness and recovery is important!

People with disabilities are two to four times more likely to be injured or killed in a disaster. Why is this?

  • People with disabilities are often left out of emergency preparedness plans, which leads to a lack of consideration and preparation for their needs.
  • Example: During televised emergency announcements, sometimes ASL interpreters are not on the screen- or- are not qualified ASL interpreters.

We invite you to submit a short (1 to 2 minute) video explaining why emergency preparedness professionals need to #GetItRight and include people with disabilities in their emergency preparedness planning process- from start to finish.

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies will compile these videos into a playlist, #DisabilityInclusiveDisasterPrep, caption them, and share them on social media.

We’ll start sharing these videos to ramp up the energy for the Partnership’s 2018 National Getting It Right Conference in Washington, DC on May 23 to May 25.

This is your chance to tell emergency preparedness professionals they need to include the disability community in emergency planning and response process.

The Partnership has prepared a guide to walk you through the steps to create this video, including filming, talking points, and sending a link to us so we can caption it and include it in our playlist.

Deadline: We would like to share them by the conference start on May 23, 2018, but will be accepting them after the conference too!

We can’t wait to see and share your messages!

Make your own video – it’s easy!

If you have any questions or need additional support:

  • Step 1: Choose a quiet place.
  • Step 2: Turn on airplane mode to stop notifications.
  • Step 3: Go to Camera app; Iphone: camera icon with circular arrows or Android: red dot after opening camera app.
  • Step 4: You may need to swipe left to choose “Video.”
  • Step 5: Hold phone sideways and make sure you are center frame! Tip: Do not zoom in, be close and clear!
  • Step 6: If you can, hold a sign that says #DisabilityInclusiveDisasterPrep
  • Step 7: See back for tips on what to say & press the red record button!

Prepare what to say ahead of time:

  1. Say your name & where you are from.
  2. Why is it crucial for Emergency planners to include the disability community and “Get It Right?”
  3. What do you want local disaster planners to do for disability inclusive planning? Note: The more personal your message, the more compelling it will be.
  4. End by saying proudly and firmly: “Get It Right: Support Disability Inclusive Disaster Prep!”

Help us make this action BIG!

This requires that you have a YouTube account. If you don’t have one, go to the log-in page and choose “sign-up.”

Phone: Go to Home Screen and tap the Photos app.

  • Select your video and press the share icon.
  • Choose the YouTube icon. Note: you will need to be signed into your YouTube on your phone.
  • Add Title and a Description.
  • Important: Add a Tag: #DisabilityInclusiveDisasterPrep
  • We will add all videos with this tag to our playlist.
  • Make sure “Public” is checked.
  • Upper right hand corner: click “Publish”

We’ll be posting #DisabilityInclusiveDisasterPrep videos on our social media, so make sure you share the videos!

Make your video accessible!

Follow these steps and we will caption the video for you. Captions are essential for the inclusion of the Deaf community.

Note: If you used ASL, please add a transcript in the description!

These steps will need to be completed from your computer.

1. Sign into YouTube.

  • Top right hand corner of the screen, click the blue circle with your initial.
  • Click on “Creator Studio”
  • Your video will show up.
  • There is a menu field that says “edit” with a downward arrow next to it.
  • Click the downward arrow to see the menu and choose, “Subtitles/CC:”
  • Choose the language spoken in the video.
  • On the next screen, go to “Share a link to contribute to this video” which will appear under the video, and copy the link.
  • Make sure that community contributions is toggled to on! This will appear near the bottom, to the right of the links below the video.

2. Email the link to us at

3. You will receive an email notifying you when we add captions: “Your channel’s community contributions summary.”

4. Sign into YouTube, the video will be on your main page

  • On the Left sidebar: Translations & Transcriptions. Select the arrow to expand the menu.
  • Choose “Community Contributions”.

5. You will see a thumbnail of your video. On the right, click the “Review” button.

  • Top right corner, click the publish button.
  • You have now published an accessible video!

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