Roth presents on inclusive emergency management practices at U.N.

Marcie Roth, the director of FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, presented on the subject of inclusive emergency management practices in the U.S. on Thursday at the U.N.

Roth made the presentation at the U.N. 7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She was one of multiple contributing authors to the book "Crises, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality."

The book, which was published in May, focuses on how man-made and natural disasters and crises impact individuals with disabilities worldwide. It addresses national laws, policies and regulations; consideration in resettlement and rebuilding; risk during emergencies; rights; emergency preparedness; and the impact of disasters and conflicts on women and children with disabilities.

In chapter 14 of the book, Roth addressed the changes that followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. She said sweeping changes were made in all aspects of emergency management to ensure people with disabilities were treated as potential assets instead of as liabilities. U.S. officials adopted policies that identified steps to engage the whole community as force multipliers in building and sustaining resilient communities.

The purpose of the U.N. event was to discuss emergency relief efforts throughout the world related to disability-inclusive preparedness, response, recovery and rebuilding. The session was also meant to address the implications of disability-inclusive disaster preparedness at the policy, program and personal levels.