By Sarah Magee, FEMA Research & Writing Specialist
Kate McCarthy-Barnett, FEMA Region I Disability Integration advisor, was recently honored by induction into the Coventry High School Alumni Association Hall of fame, Coventry, R.I. The honor recognizes her work advancing emergency preparedness integration efforts for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. A 1985 graduate of Coventry High School, she went on to earn her doctorate in education.
McCarthy-Barnett works to ensure the needs of people with disabilities are integrated and coordinated in emergency preparedness, response and recovery. She is a member of the Region I Incident Management Assistance Team and has supported a number of disasters including deployments to Alabama, Vermont, Louisiana, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
McCarthy-Barnett is an active volunteer in the community serving as Chair of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services State Rehabilitation Council, and Co-Chair of the Council’s State Plan, Policy and Quality Assurance Committee. She is also vice chair of the Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and Chair of the Commission’s Accessibility Committee.
FEMA Region I Disability Integration Advisor Kate McCarthy Barnett. FEMA photo/Tim Burkitt