Federal Manager's Daily Report

A report following an interagency seminar on emergency

preparedness for people with disabilities hosted by the

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Department of Labor cites a consensus surrounding four

prevailing themes: communication with employees, agency

budget and personnel commitment, flexibility, and practice.


Varied, multiple, and redundant means of emergency

notification and communication are necessary to ensure

that all employees are alerted to an emergency, said the

report.


Participants agreed that senior level management commitment

and support are essential and the successes of agency

emergency preparedness plans are proportional to the

financial and personnel resources devoted to them.


“Emergency preparedness planners need to think creatively

about obtaining and communicating the vital managerial

buy-in,” said the report.


Flexibilities for procedures such as the buddy system should

prepare for the event that a disabled person’s assigned

buddy is unavailable to help, or to ensure that help is

available for those unaware that they would need assistance

during an emergency — and people who have not self-identified.


Practice was advocated because it is an opportunity to

identify and address weaknesses and to rehearse procedures,

and generally reminds employees of the potential for emergency.