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Special Needs Populations and Disasters:

Special N eeds Populations and Disasters Presented by: Kourtney Nieves

Objectives:

Define special needs populations Identify and discuss issues associated with special needs populations Identify legal and regulatory issues associated with special needs populations Objectives

What are Special Needs Individuals?:

Definitions differ across jurisdictions May include populations such as: Those with acute or chronic medical conditions Those with disabilities The elderly Children Non-English speaking/limited English proficiency (Reilly and Markenson , 2011) National Response Framework definition ( n.d .) What are Special Needs Individuals?

Issue to Consider with Special Needs Populations:

Supplies Equipment Manpower Volunteers Education/Information Dissemination (Reilly & Markensen , 2011) Issue to Consider with Special Needs Populations

“Rules of the Road” for Handling Special Needs Populations in Disasters:

“One size fits all”? Identification and planning issues Communication Coordination ( McEntire , 2007). “ Rules of the Road” for Handling Special Needs Populations in Disasters

Special Needs Populations Tips:

Special medical needs Disabilities Elderly Children Limited English proficiency (Rand Health Initiative, 2009) Special Needs Populations Tips

Legal and Regulatory Issues to Consider:

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990 and 2008) Post-Katrina Emergency Management reform Act of 2006 Older American Act of 1965 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ( HIPAA ) U.S. Health and Human Services and the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 (Reilly and Markenson , 2011) Legal and Regulatory Issues to Consider

References:

McEntire , J. (2007). Disaster response and recovery. Danvers, MA: Wiley & Sons. National Response Framework ( n.d .). Glossary of Terms. Retrieved from http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nrf/glos sary.htm Rand Health Initiative. (2009). Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response. Retrieved from http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR6 81.html Reilly, M. and Markenson , D. (eds.) (2011). Health care emergency management:principles and practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. References

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