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Tuesday Schedule Detail

Session Name: Accessibility & Functional Needs~~Disaster Dominos and the Implementation of a Community Disaster Resource Center and its Impact on the Frail Populations and People with Disabilities
Session Description:

We are all likely familiar with the traditional Disaster Recovery Center model. During Hurricane Irma response and recovery operations in Miami Beach, Florida, it was noted that, for a number of reasons, this concept for provision of resources as a “top-down” construct was not going to be nimble enough, quick enough, or accessible enough for the residents of Miami Beach and for those people displaced TO Miami Beach from hard-hit areas. Miami Beach Emergency Management Department worked to address this issue by establishing a Disaster Community Resource Center that included commodity distribution, volunteer and donation management, community canvassing, and individual assistance to locate State and Federal resources and address more complex cases for individuals dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Irma on their lives. Members of the panel, seasoned health care administrators with extensive disaster experience, will follow by outlining what is often overlooked once the headlines fade are the disasters that continue to arise after the winds subside, the water recedes or another disaster takes the spotlight. And the discussion will focus on the cascading effect of disasters nation-wide that include the monumental 2017 Hurricane Season, like those before, exacted it’s heaviest toll on those most vulnerable and dependent on others to control circumstances they cannot. The case study for discussion will be of the widely reported events in a South Florida Nursing Home resulting from Hurricane Irma as well as policy implications and improvements explored with the audience to avoid disasters-within disasters when the dominos start to fall.

Day of Week: Tuesday
Time Start: 1:30PM