Neighborhood and Built Environment
108 - Neighborhood and Built Environment: Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
Monday, July 16
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Regency Ballroom-Lower Level
Katie McDeavitt, MPH
Public Health Preparedness Section Chief
Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County
Betsy Rosenfeld, JD
Regional Health Administrator, Region 1 (New England)
US Department of Health and Human Services
Peggy Keller, MPH, CPM-Stay Calm and Be Prepared: Effective Emergency Preparedness Planning in a Senior Village
Alexis Merdjanoff, PhD, MA-Examining the Barriers and Facilitators of Older Adult Disaster Recovery
Jennifer Schroeder, MPH-Building Resiliency in Rural Appalachia for Vulnerable Populations for All Hazards Preparedness
Katie McDeavitt, MPH-Lean On Me Project: Serving a Vulnerable Population for Disaster Preparedness Awareness
Vulnerable populations, including older adults may be at most risk during disasters and emergencies. Developing an emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plan is essential to increasing health and well-being outcomes among vulnerable populations. This session will present the barriers and facilitators of disaster recovery, and explore effective emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts targeting vulnerable populations.
Dr. Alexis Merdjanoff will focus on a study exploring the relationship between exposure to disaster, mediating aspects of housing damage and formal assistance, moderators such as social capital, and health and well-being outcomes among older adults.
Jennifer Schroeder will showcase local public health experience in rural Appalachia (Northwestern North Carolina), by sharing the process of developing an All Inclusive, All Hazards Plan and then doing a mini-table top exercise with a strong focus on supporting older adults during emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts in an incident.
Peggy Keller’s presentation will illustrate essential planning elements, such as, identification of those who may need additional help during emergencies, community engagement, mapping, communication and notification, resource identification and training. Information will help senior villages leverage existing resources and networks to develop an emergency preparedness and response plan that increases self-reliance, independence and community resilience.
Katie McDeavitt’s presentation will examine her community’s the “Lean on Me Project”, an outreach project that develops local preparedness materials. These materials, along with information from state and federal response agencies, are combined into a comprehensive client resource book. Volunteers provide the book during site visits and perform a hazard risk assessment.
- Describe the essential Emergency Preparedness planning elements
- Identify poor health outcomes that older adults are more likely to experience during emergencies.
- Describe how older adult disaster recovery differs from younger adults (<55 years), and amongst each other (55-64; 65-74; 75 and older).
- Articulate the importance of housing stability for older adults’ post-disaster recovery.