Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI)
a program of the National Organization on Disability
Compelled by the attacks of September 11, 2001, NOD launched the Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI) to ensure that emergency managers address disability concerns and that people with disabilities are included in all levels of emergency preparedness- planning, response, and recovery.
In the first few years of the program, EPI became firmly established within the emergency management industry and disability advocacy organizations. Since then, EPI has remained the nationally recognized leader in emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and special needs. EPI Director Hilary Styron and the rest of the EPI staff are continuing their national outreach, education, and awareness efforts to ensure that people with disabilities take measures to prepare themselves for emergencies; to ensure that preparedness officials across the country are including people with disabilities in the planning, training and exercises, and response activities being undertaken at the community level; and to ensure that people with disabilities are themselves taking an active role in participating alongside preparedness officials before, during, and after an emergency. EPI is proud to have established coalitions and working partnerships amongst the emergency management and first responder community, as well as several disability related organizations and their constituents.
For additional EPI program information, please visit the EPI website at www.nod.org/emergency. If you need further assistance please address inquiries to EPI Director Hilary Styron at firstname.lastname@example.org.