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Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Canada

 

IEPC, a partnership between March of Dimes Canada, Canadian Red Cross and the Inclusive Preparedness Center, was created to provide training and guidance on disaster preparedness for people with disabilities in Canada.

Through this partnership, IEPC will provide preparedness, response, and recovery training and technical assistance materials for responders, service providers, NGO’s and advocacy organizations to save people who are the most vulnerable during a disaster.

“We have seen the value of preparedness in our own supportive housing units and offices when dealing with an emergency,” says Andria Spindel, President and CEO of March of Dimes Canada, and a member of the IEPC Steering Committee.

"The Canadian Red Cross is very pleased to be participating in this partnership,” says John Saunders, Provincial Director of Disaster Management with the Canadian Red Cross. "We are committed to ensuring equal and effective access to service and support such as shelter during times of emergency."

“With instruction and guidance, shelter staff and volunteers can be trained to effectively interact with people who are the most vulnerable during emergency situations, eliminating the problems encountered during previous disasters,” said Carl T. Cameron, Ph.D., President of the Inclusive Preparedness Center, based in Washington D.C, and member of the IEPC Steering Committee.

 “In an emergency situation, people with disabilities should not have to worry about barriers that may prevent them from getting the help they need. This partnership will help organizations, individuals and families break down barriers and provide critical services to people of all abilities,” said Madeleine Meilleur, Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services.

IEPC is in the process of completing its first project, which will provide training and guidance materials to emergency reception centre staff to better prepare them to make centre services accessible to all Ontarians who need them..

Future projects will be posted on this site, and may include opportunities for participation or public comment.

 
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