Representatives for the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities met on Sept. 11 to solidify plans for the Fiscal Year 2015 exercise initiative, which includes coordination of programs and services that impact disabled disaster survivors.
During the meeting, the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) discussed disability inclusion and integration across all facets of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
ODIC and the Partnership for Public Service have joined forces for the Excellence in Government program, which creates specific, measurable, achievable, results-oriented and time-bound measures for FEMA to assess the impact of the agency’s work on individuals who are disabled during and after disaster response.
The ICC was established by Executive Order 13347. The ICC includes more than two dozen federal executive departments and agencies that work to ensure emergency preparedness plans also meet the needs of individuals who have disabilities while eliminating problems that might bar the disabled from access to these programs.
The chair of the ICC is FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. He has tapped Marcie Roth, the director of the ODIC, to provide leadership and ensure coordination of everything related to Executive Order 13347 and the ICC.