CSEPP training video wins Aurora Award

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program recently won an Aurora Award for excellence for a training video meant to improve emergency planning for the disabled.

The video, entitled "Emergency Planning for People with Functional and Access Needs," was developed with help from FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination. CSEPP uses multiple training methods to connect with its diverse stakeholders.

"While assessing our training needs, it became apparent that additional materials were required for our program partners to reach this important segment of our communities," Robert Norville, a CSEPP training manager, said.

The Aurora Awards are a film and video competition that honors commercials, documentaries, instructional videos and more. The competition receives entries from around the world. The award is CSEPP's fourth Aurora Award.

CSEPP's video training program concentrates on planning that covers all community members. It is meant to help tribal, state and local emergency planners to identify and incorporate populations with functional needs into the process of emergency planning.

The video complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and features both closed captioning and an audio-only track.

CSEPP also introduced its "Comprehensive Planning for Technological Emergencies," a video that provides training for emergency planning and response to terrorist attacks or accidental releases of chemical and radioactive agents. The video is meant for emergency planners, first responders, healthcare workers and others who attempt to protect the public from hazards.

CSEPP delivers training in the areas of medical preparedness, emergency planning, exercise planning and evaluation and public affairs using a mix of classroom and video-based instruction.