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Questionnaire for CILs / SILCs / IL Associations on Emergency Planning with the American Red Cross

Background: The National Council on Independent Living signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Red Cross (ARC) during NCIL’s Annual Conference in July 2014, after two years of negotiation by the Emergency Preparedness and Response Subcommittee. The MOU details our plan to partner together in providing accessible mass care services to people with disabilities with access and functional needs before, during and after all types of disasters. A letter of commitment further reinforces the MOUs intent – to be put into practice, specifically at the local level, where disasters impact our communities.

Purpose: The purpose of this questionnaire is to obtain feedback from your organization as to your current or past relationship with your local Red Cross chapter as it relates to emergency planning in your service area as well as your capacity to work on emergency planning. Please complete this questionnaire by May 31, 2015. The results will be shared with the American Red Cross, in an effort to determine if a formal introduction between local representatives is necessary, as well as with Portlight Strategies, who will utilize the information to determine your capacity to assist in the event of a disaster in your area. Portlight Strategies, Inc. is a grassroots organization, founded in 1997 by people with disabilities, with a focus on responding to the needs of our community when man-made or natural disasters occur. Portlight is the only national organization focused solely on disaster preparedness, response, and relief for people with disabilities. 

Thank you for your participation in this questionnaire and providing us with your feedback!

If you would like more information about the NCIL Emergency Preparedness and Response Subcommittee or emergency preparedness and response in your area, please contact NCIL Emergency Preparedness and Response Subcommittee Chairperson Christy Dunaway at

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