by Mark Shull, CSEPP contractor
Embracing a "Whole Community" approach to emergency management, FEMA’s Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program uses a variety of training methods to reach its diverse stakeholders. Working closely with the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, CSEPP developed a video titled Emergency Planning for People with Functional and Access Needs. The video recently received an Aurora Award for excellence— a film and video competition that receives entries from around the world. This is the fourth Aurora Award for a CSEPP video.
The video training program emphasizes planning that covers all members of the community. It is designed to help state, tribal and local emergency managers identify and incorporate populations with functional needs into the emergency planning process.
"While assessing our training needs, it became apparent that additional materials were required for our program partners to reach this important segment of our communities," said Robert Norville, CSEPP Training manager.
The video is compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and features closed captioning and an audio-only track. It is available on DVD or can be viewed or downloaded on the CSEPP training Website at: Orise.ORAU.Gov
CSEPP has also introduced: Comprehensive Planning for Technological Emergencies, a video that provides training on emergency planning and response to toxic chemical agents and radioactive materials releases, whether accidental or in a terrorist attack. Suggested audiences for this training include first responders, emergency planners, healthcare workers, and others who work to protect the public from technological hazards.
CSEPP uses a mix of video-based and classroom instruction to deliver training in emergency planning, medical preparedness, public affairs and exercise planning and evaluation. For more information on CSEPP training, contact: Ronald.Barker, DHS/FEMA/CSEPP, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington, Va., 20598-3025, Office: (202) 657-2303.