BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters on an international conference: “Innovation, Diversity, and Sustainable Development in Areas of Social Vulnerability.” The two-day workshop is open to the public and will take place on November 17 and 18 in the Ryan Conference Hall at the McCormack Building at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus.
This workshop is a collaborative effort between FEMA’s Region I office and the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. FEMA’s Region I office works in partnership with New England states, and has a number of topic-appropriate speakers and panelists, who have been preparing for this important workshop for weeks.
The keynote speaker will be Marcie Roth, FEMA’s Senior Advisor on Disability Issues, and Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination. Her keynote presentation is entitled, “Getting Real-Disability Inclusive Planning for the Whole Community.”
The Friday afternoon panel will focus on increasing resilience, building partnerships, best practices, and a review of the findings of the 2010 National Commission Report on Children and Disasters. There will also be a presentation on the latest applied research from the Department of Homeland Security’s Directorate of Science and Technology as well as a presentation on “A Model for Whole Community: Scarborough, Maine.”
Adenrele Awotona, Ph.D. workshop organizer and founding director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters, notes that “the first goal is to strategize for the empowerment of residents in areas of social vulnerability. The second is to develop proposals for the implementation of culturally and economically appropriate public policies, with a sustainable basis, in these areas.”
“FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from , and mitigate all hazards.”