People experiencing homelessness are at a much higher disaster risk than their housed counterparts. Among other factors, lack of shelter, inadequate access to emergency information, limited social supports, and complex physical and behavioral health needs warrant special attention to this population when disaster planning.
At the upcoming Northeast Regional Training, Sabrina Edgington will lead a workshop track on emergency preparedness. During the first segment of this two-part series, she will describe the considerations for disaster planning for people experiencing homelessness based on lessons learned from previous efforts, including Hurricane Sandy and the May 2010 flooding of Nashville, Tennessee. She will also describe federal efforts to improve disaster preparedness and response for this population.
As program and policy specialist for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Edgington keeps abreast of policy matters related to the Council’s advocacy priorities, writes policy papers and other reports, and participates in meetings of the Council’s policy committee, SSI task force, and permanent supportive housing workgroup as well as the Respite Care Providers Network. She is also one of the nation’s leading experts on medical respite care.
The Northeast Regional Training will be held Thursday and Friday, May 9 & 10, in Morristown, New Jersey. Register today to enjoy two full days of professional development and networking opportunities for providers of health care and shelter services to special populations throughout New Jersey, New York, and the rest of the Northeast.