Office of Homeland Security
Appalachian Conference Focuses on Emergency Preparedness

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2011  
Contact Information:  Michael Embry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2011) – The Appalachian Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Conference on Oct. 14-15 will discuss ways to include the needs of individuals with disabilities into emergency preparedness and response.


The conference, held at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, will examine some of the issues facing first responders in the Appalachian areas of Kentucky and West Virginia. Speakers from national, state and local government agencies will focus on programs that have worked as well as shortfalls and challenges that they experience.


Among the topics addressed are building effective community partnerships, FEMA sheltering guidelines for persons with functional needs, rural community preparedness, and accessible emergency communications.


First responders, public health officials, disability service providers and other stakeholders are the targeted audience for the two-day seminar, which cost $20 and includes meals and lodging, if needed. Travel stipends to cover gas expenses and scholarships are also available to attendees.


The conference is hosted by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities, Kentucky Department of Health, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, and enableUS.


More information including the list of speakers, lodging and registration can be found at the conference website,, or by contacting Shelley Runkle, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities, at 502.564.7841 or