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Ability360, AZ Statewide Independent Living Council in partnership with AZ Department of Health Services and AZ Division of Emergency Management present the biennial Arizona Partners in Preparedness Summit.

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Desert Willow Conference Center 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85040


• Strengthen community resilience and share disaster planning best practices.
• Provide a discussion based forum to bring together communities, individuals, and organizations working on disaster readiness for persons with disabilities and individuals with access and functional needs.
• Ensure shared knowledge and understanding of current preparedness issues, plans, processes, and procedures.

Arizona Focus on Whole Community Preparedness

The goal of this task force is to ensure all emergency sheltering plans seamlessly address access and functional needs requirements as a result of whole community planning. Together with outreach to personal care attendants, emergency planners, the public, organizations, and communities working on disaster readiness for persons with disabilities Arizona can build community preparedness capabilities. This event seeks to educate and inspire community resiliency. The summit seeks to focus on emergency planning for children, families, seniors, and persons with disabilities to promote personal preparedness, enhance emergency plans, and gather feedback from the public to enhance and strengthen emergency plans.

Topics include: Mass Care Shelter Planning, Issues with Emergency Displacement and Coordinating Medical Insurance, Disaster Impacts for Families & Children, Emergency Reunification, and Disaster Response Best Practice.


Brett Heising CEO/Founder of brettapproved Inc – Inspiring people to travel confidently identifying accessible hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues worldwide. Brett works with community partners to share accessible information and tips to better serve people with disabilities.

Gil Damiani – Retired Emergency Manager from the City of Mesa with over 30 year of service, he is currently a consultant with Coyote Crisis Collaborative working with Day Treatment Agencies and with the Arizona Healthcare Association to strengthen emergency plans, processes, and procedures for long term care facilities.

Topics Include:
  • What to Expect in a Disaster,
  • Emergency Evacuation,
  • Issues with Displacement, and
  • Preparedness for Resilient Communities.
Target Audience:
  • People with Disabilities,
  • Family members of people with disabilities
  • Personal care attendants,
  • Organizations providing services to the disability community
  • Emergency Planners, and First Responders.

This is a free event – No registration fee required to attend and lunch will be provided.