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Portlight Conference, New Jersey

By: Portlight , 7:59 PM GMT on March 12, 2014


Portlight Conference, New Jersey

What: The Getting It Right Conference - Shelter and Transportation Accessibility for People with Disabilities during relief and evacuation efforts

When: June 26-27, 2014

Where: Sheraton Lincoln Harbor, Weehawken, NJ

Who: Portlight Strategies, Inc. and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Why: Shelter and transportation accessibility are of paramount importance to people with disabilities in disaster situations. All too often in recent events these considerations have gone unaddressed...putting the lives of people with disabilities in grave danger. For shelter operators, addressing the needs of people living with disabilities can be a complex and confusing issue. We understand this...and are facilitating the Getting It Right conference to show that shelter and accessibility considerations are not only the right thing to do...they can be done easily...and usually inexpensively.

Our goal is to help shelter operators and transportation coordinators understand that a few simple steps can effectively address most concerns.. We understand these are unique...and short term...situations....and we want to stress: The perfect cannot become the enemy of the functional and adequate. In other words...we want to give the situation another look and help you while you are helping others.

We are not going to lecture operators. We will create dialogue and open lines of communication in such a way as to give clarity to these critical issues. Our presenters will frame these issues based upon real life situations seen recently. And then we will offer effective, practical, concrete solutions. These will include check lists and references to appropriate resources. And we will make ourselves available long term to answer questions and provide guidance.

The goal is not perfect compliance. The goal is to save lives. So...let's get together for a couple of days...and figure out how to work together.

The conference early registration fee is $175 and will include breakfast, lunch and snacks. After May 15th the registration fee is $195.

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4. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:10 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
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3. Patrap
3:22 PM GMT on March 31, 2014

In this first week since the mudslide in Oso, Washington, we have been mindful of the community’s express wishes that volunteers and organizations allow them to respond to the needs of their own. However, because we know that the needs of people with disabilities are so often overlooked, we are sending a representative today to survey the area.

We will not be accessing the immediate disaster zone, but rather checking on shelter and transportation accessibility, and other issues specific to the immediate needs of survivors who are disabled. We are also connecting with local Centers for Independent Living, to assist as needed with any requests for replacement of durable medical equipment, or medical/clinical supplies.

We will keep you updated on the situation as we receive new information. At this time, we are not requesting donations, but do want to thank you for your continued, generous support of our efforts!!

We couldn’t do what we do, without you!!
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2. BruceVoigt
3:45 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Bruce Voigt Posted: Feb 4 2007, 06:12 PM
Knowledge, my experiments and discoveries (tipping of the earth) have led me to believe that my home (western Canada) will be experiencing catastrophe that of other parts of the world. It appears to me that very important disclosures of my science have fallen on deaf ears. The following, after ten years of rejection, is kind of a last ditch effort.

I can only speak for myself in saying that early detection and warning is the be all in life threatening events. Well, I have been proven wrong. Current events the likes of hurricanes have stripped back the veil of civilization showing man for what he really is. One thing I have learned in life is to work with what you’ve got. We on Vancouver Island have a government funded emergency service. In the event of say a seven earthquake you may hear sirens from beneath their collapsed building.

Because the Pacific Geo-Science Center of Victoria has ignored my discovery of early detection and what really causes an earthquake, you and your family may awaken to a catastrophe. Most people of your block will be deceased; survivors including you and yours are suffering injuries. Now what?

I propose that a community get together and fund their own collapse-proof survival building storing emergency gear. Well that’s sure not going to happen so think about this.

E X P E R I M E N T 909
Shows that by flicking with thumb and forefinger a reaction is created where molecules of both tree pitch and skin are sent in chaotic directions. Now instead of being attracted to each other they are repelling and the pitch can easily be wiped from the skin. It’s this type of scenario that causes avalanche, mountains to collapse, sink holes, mud slides etc. Water is just one reaction, there are others!

For a better understanding I, as a concerned member of the community, would march right down to the emergency service and demand that they take a few bucks out of their million or so and do something good. First off get and study aerial photos and samples of the terrain demolished by the India-Pakistan earthquake. Next, determine the safe and unsafe areas of the community. In safe areas select volunteers to donate a small storage area housing a few cans of beans and at least one Magic Magee. Under supervision the Magee could effectively handle at least three injuries per hour. Now, that represents at least seventy-two injured people each day. You know the nice thing about this claim is that I, Bruce Voigt, can prove it to anyone, anywhere, anytime! Oh, and don’t forget the mula to advertise the locations for people to crawl to, and a copy to Search and Rescue!

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1. Patrap
5:51 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
“When relief efforts are underway, it is critical for people living with paralysis to be educated as to the correct processes. That is why it is necessary for emergency responders to integrate the perspective of those living with disabilities and formulate procedures that involve all community members,” said Niketa Sheth, SVP, Quality of Life, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The Reeve Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Portlight Strategies and it is an honor to lock arms to ensure that those living with disabilities are safe when any natural disasters strike.”

As a former Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grantee, Portlight Strategies focuses on the needs of individuals living with disabilities upon the impact of natural disasters, and addresses accessibility challenges in order to shape procedures at the local and national level. The “Getting It Right” workshop has been transformed into a forum that connects representatives of local, state and federal emergency services with leaders from the disability community.

“Whether it is an earthquake overseas or a hurricane in our hometown, Portlight Strategies immediately responds and supports relief efforts. However, we have a dual mission to not only respond but also educate local and regional officials on how to build strategic procedures that include the disability community. That is why we are thrilled to join forces with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to leverage their expertise and address any hurdles when it comes to accessibility in catastrophic times,” said Paul Timmons, Board Chair, Portlight Strategies. “‘Getting It Right’ was designed to reach deeper into local communities and thus enhance our impact. It’s about envisioning and executing smart solutions for all people.”

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