Announcing a New Webinar 1/10/19

ADA National Network Learning Session: The latest in American Red Cross efforts to integrate people with disabilities in emergency planning and response.

January 10th, 2019

Webinars begin at 2.30pm EST/1.30pm CST/12.30pm MST/11.30am PST/8:30am Hawaii.
Registration: Free on-line at
Registration closes at midnight, January 9th, 2018.

The webinar will outline the American Red Cross Disability Integration program that is rolled out across the US to Red Cross regions and Divisions. Current disaster relief operational successes, such as the video relay phone installations and sensory kit distribution will be discussed along with the challenges that arise during relief operations. Best practices, such as daily stakeholder calls and state disability integration coordinators, will be discussed to assist the audience to plan for disaster relief operations.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the American Red Cross Disability Integration Program.
  • Learn current American Red Cross operational successes and challenges in disaster response
  • Discuss Best Practices as adopted by American Red Cross

Mary Casey-Lockyer is currently the Senior Associate for Disaster Health Services at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. For over seven years, she has fulfilled this role for program development and continuous quality improvement for Disaster Health Services at national headquarters and manages a cadre of 2,600+ Disaster Health Services volunteers. As a Disaster Health Services manager/chief with the Red Cross, she has been on nineteen national deployments, most recently to the Disaster Relief Operation in Saipan and supporting other Red Cross Disaster Relief Operations from national headquarters’ Disaster Operations Coordination Center (DOCC). She is also supporting Red Cross long term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands as a subject matter expert for community health. Mary continues to act as the Red Cross liaison to the Secretary’s Operation Center at the Department of Health and Human Services and serves on the board of Healthcare Ready. Mary sits as the Red Cross representative on the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies at The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She has published many articles, most recently “Disability Integration throughout the disaster cycle of prepare, respond and recover” in the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning, Spring 2017.

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Ice Jam Class in Venango County

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team, a program sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which is a chartered team made up of federal, state, local organizations and associations, held two ice jam training sessions: first one was in Bloomsburg on December 11th at the Bloomsburg Fire Department, Town of Bloomsburg, Columbia County and a second offering at the Venango County Vocational Technical Center, Oil City, Venango County on December 12th from 1pm-4pm both days. The Venango County offering afforded the Pennsylvania SJ Team a site visit opportunity to  view the working/deployed Allegheny River Ice Boom that received FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding from DR-1898 for an enhancement/upgrade.  It should be noted that the ice boom is one of only 3 in the country.  Classroom presentations were made by Joe Rocks, USACE Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Charles Ross and Craig Evanego, National Weather Service (NWS), State College, Jim Brewster NWS, Binghamton, New York, Alicia Miller, NWS – Pittsburgh, and Ben Pratt, Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC). Items covered included the general science of ice jams, ice observer training/ice jam monitoring and the use of social media to report ice jams.  More information regarding the PA SJ Team and Flood Risk Management may be found at:

Project Impact 2, Together Building Disaster Resilient Communities

Project Impact 2: The Program the Process
The goal of Project Impact was to Build Disaster Resistant Communities. It was a national initiative developed under FEMA Director James Lee Witt that was a positive step toward changing the way America dealt with disasters by encouraging communities to come together to assess their hazard vulnerabilities and implement strategies to limit damage before a disaster occurred. There were 250 Project Impact Communities participating in the program before it was canceled by then President Bush in 2001.
Project Impact 2 will provide communities and states with an updated project impact framework to help communities capitalize on the positive resources within their communities to become more resilient and disaster resistant by forming partnerships, assessing risk, prioritizing needs, and communicating partnerships those with-in the communities alongside the private sector by using our expertise in the disaster management and resiliency sectors, led by former FEMA Director James Lee Witt and our partners. Our Enterprise Partners may share their expertise, networks, monetary and human capital, other capabilities to build more resilient and sustainable communities nationally.
James L. Witt is the CEO of Witt Global Partners and the former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 1993-2001 where he implemented Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities. Project Impact 2 is a partnership of Witt Global Partners, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties.
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