Provide Input into Emergency Preparedness Education

Only a few days ago I posted on Lessons Not Learned from Katrina. No claim as to cause & effect but it does look like someone has initiated some remedial education for slow learners in disaster services administration.

Read the call by the Red Cross for disaster services specialists who can speak to the needs of the various disability communities. See below the call for participants in focus groups on disaster preparedness.

Tell Us What You Think
Provide Input into Emergency Preparedness Education
for People with Disabilities

The American Red Cross, working with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, is developing educational materials on
terrorism and emergency preparedness, covering five major
topics, including:

1. Mass Evacuation and Evacuation Planning for People
with Disabilities and their Caregivers.
2. Emergency Water and Food Supplies.
3. Shelter-in-Place during Chemical or Radiation Emergency.
4. Quarantine and Isolation.
5. Maintaining a Healthy State of Mind.

This is your opportunity to offer feedback and input before
these educational materials are finalized. Through a series of
small focus groups, we are gathering the thoughts and opinions
of people with disabilities to learn more about how emergency
preparedness information may best address specific experiences
and concerns.

You Can Be A Part of It! Here is What You Need to Know:

* The focus groups are being conducted over the internet.
You can participate from home, from work or any place you
have access. You will need a high-speed internet connection
and keyboard, monitor, or other equipment for receiving and
responding to questions from a moderator.

* During part of the discussion you will interact with the
moderator and other focus group participants by phone, and
by internet so you will need to be able to connect to the
internet and make a phone call at the same time.

* The focus group will last approximately 1.5 hours.

* Approximately 6 people will be assigned to a focus group,
allowing for in-depth discussion of the materials.

* You will receive $50.00 in appreciation for your
participation in the focus group. This will be mailed to you
immediately following the focus group.

If you are 18 years of age or older, and:
* Have a severe hearing impairment or are a caretaker of an
adult with a severe cognitive impairment, you are eligible
to participate in focus groups scheduled on Tuesday, June 27
and Thursday, July 6.

* Have a severe vision impairment or a severe mobility
impairment, you are eligible to participate in focus groups
scheduled on Monday, June 26 and Thursday, June 29.

Please contact Deb Allen at ORC Macro at 1-877-539-9696 (Toll
Free) or Debbie.L.Allen@orcmacro.com, no later than Wednesday,
June 21, 2006 to express your interest in the focus groups.
For those with hearing impairment, contact your State Relay
Service.

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