Announcing a New
Webinar - "ADA
National Network Learning Session:
How Personal Assistant Services Promote
the Self-Determination of People with Disabilities
Recovering from Disaster"
Registration for this webinar is now open
Webinars begin at ET:2.30pm, CT: 1.30pm, MT:12.30pm, PT:11.30am, Hawaii: 9.30am
during mainland Standard Time; 8.30am during mainland Daylight Savings
Registration: Free on-line at http://adapresentations.org/registrationEM.php
Registration closes at midnight,
July 7, 2021.
The Personal Assistance
Services Addendum to the Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Pandemic Planning
Considerations released in January 2021 increases collaboration,
planning, and knowledge surrounding the importance of establishing
continuity of services for people with disabilities, prior to a disaster.
Without proper planning for, or providing, Personal Assistance Services
at the onset of a disaster sheltering mission, the health and safety of
disaster survivors may be at risk.
important information regarding ensuring equitable survivor services
through continuity of Personal Assistance Services (PAS).
legal obligations, and potential reimbursement for services
Mastandrea serves as the Director of
the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC). The office
leads FEMA's commitment to whole-community emergency management by
integrating individuals with disabilities into all aspects of disaster
preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Ms. Mastandrea has built
a reputation as a subject matter expert on inclusive emergency management
practices. She has provided training, consultation and technical
assistance to emergency managers around the nation and served as a
Disability Integration Adviser Reservist with FEMA.
Usher currently serves as the
branch chief for mass care, voluntary agency coordination, and community
services at FEMA. In this role, he works with voluntary organization,
faith based, and other partner organizations to help survivors and
communities recover from disasters. Zach has worked in emergency
management for 19 years, including roles in both mitigation and recovery.
Star Black serves as the FEMA Public Assistance Training Deputy
Section Chief out of FEMA Headquarters which is responsible for all
Public Assistance course content/delivery, webinars, and the Grants
Portal/Grants Manager hotline. Since 2002, she has served in the Public
Assistance Program working with State, Local Tribes, and Territories
assisting Applicants through the FEMA grant process. She not only has had
over 210 deployments during her career, but has performed in various
Public Assistance roles.
Amy Nicholas is a Senior Attorney Advisor at the National Council on
Disability (NCD) and has been with NCD for over six years. Amy has
subject matter expertise in subminimum wage/AbilityOne, FEMA/emergency
management and transportation. Amy served as NCD designee on FEMA's
National Advisory Council (NAC) IPAWS Subcommittee and has represented
NCD on multiple other emergency management committees during her tenure.
Prior to joining NCD, Amy worked at the Department of Transportation as
an Equal Opportunity Specialist in its Federal Transit Administration
Office of Civil Rights.
Casey-Lockyer is currently the Senior
Associate for Disaster Health Services at the national headquarters of
the American Red Cross. For close to ten years, she has fulfilled this
role for program development and continuous quality improvement for
Disaster Health Services at national headquarters and manages a cadre of
2600 + Disaster Health Services volunteers. As a Disaster Health Services
manager/chief with the Red Cross, she has been on twenty national
deployments, most recently to the Disaster Relief Operation in Saipan and
supporting other Red Cross Disaster Relief Operations from national
headquarters' Disaster Operations Coordination Center (DOCC). Mary is
currently assigned as Senior Medical Advisor to Red Cross national
Sedgwick is FEMA Individual
Assistance's first Disability Advisor working in the Mass Care/Voluntary
Agency/Community Services Branch. He was with the Office of Disability
Integration and Coordination for seven years before joining IA in 2019.
Before joining the ODIC staff in 2011, he was with the FEMA IA Mass Care
and Emergency Services Section where he was the Project Manager for FEMAs
2010 "Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs
Support Services in General Population Shelters" and the
"Guidance on Planning for Personal Assistance Services In General