Prepared4ALL Course 1: Welcome to Disasterville-The Prepared4ALL Process and COVID-19 Testing

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It may not look like it, but the people in this room are socially distanced. There is an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter in this room to sign for anyone who needs it.

⌛This lesson will take about one hour to complete, although every learner moves at their own pace.

Learning Objectives

After completing today’s visit (lesson), you will be able to:

• Define the “whole community” philosophy
• Define “Community Stakeholder Meetings”
• Define Prepared4ALL Action Teams
• Describe the Prepared4ALL process


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This course may help increase your knowledge about whole community emergency planning (including COVID-19) and share basic information for you to connect with your own local emergency managers, public health planners, and community.

In the course you will take on the role of “Terrye Trainee,” from Tornado Gap County, USA. Terrye is a professional from Tornado Gap’s local disability organization, Access & Equity, Inc. Tornado Gap’s county government, local disability organizations, and other community organizations want to collaborate to identify and close emergency planning gaps. These gaps are about including people with disabilities, people who have chronic health conditions, and mental health conditions. Terrye has heard about Disasterville’s inclusive emergency planning success and is visiting neighboring Disasterville to learn from their work.

After arriving in Disasterville, you will hear from Disasterville’s professionals and community members and assist them with whole community inclusive emergency planning. You’ll learn about the Prepared4ALL process for local emergency planning collaboration. Local emergency and public health preparedness planners, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, and others from Disasterville will talk about what local planners may not know about people with disabilities. They’ll explain Prepared4ALL Action teams, how to hold Community Stakeholder Meetings using the Active Planning workbook, and how the U.S. local emergency planning system works.

As you meet Disasterville professionals and community members, you will be asked to make decisions and answer questions to check your learning about inclusive and accessible local emergency planning.

You must visit Disasterville 8 times to earn a Prepared4ALL Certificate of Completion. You may also just take one lesson that interests you. But you will need to take all 8 lessons in order to earn the Certificate.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • An introduction to the nine Prepared4ALL engagement and collaboration strategies
  • Inclusive and accessible COVID-19 testing
  • Basic definitions: Whole community; community stakeholder meeting (to identify and close gaps in local emergency plans); Action Team

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This course is intended to help local disability organizations strengthen engagement with local emergency and public health preparedness planners, with the goal of getting a seat at the local emergency planning table .

All characters, locales, businesses, and other entities appearing in this training course are fictional. Any resemblance to real persons, whether living or dead, real locales, businesses and other entities is purely coincidental. The content and materials for this course are for informational purposes only and are not to be considered legal or medical advice. For legal advice please consult an attorney and for medical advice please consult a healthcare provider.

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Prepared4ALL: Course 1: Welcome to Disasterville: The Prepared4ALL Process and COVID-19 Testing Pre-Test

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