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ANSI HSSP to Hold Workshops on Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities


New York, Mar 30, 2010

The American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) has announced three upcoming workshops that will cover emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities and special needs. These events will provide a follow-up to last year’s workshop on this topic.

In February 2009 the Panel, in collaboration with the National Organization on Disability (NOD) Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee (DARAC), held a workshop to examine existing and/or needed standards for emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities and special needs, both in the built environment and for evacuation operations. The final workshop report is now available for review. [see related news item]

The ANSI-HSSP will now launch a Phase II series of three separate issue-driven workshops related this topic. These workshops aim to provide actionable recommendations for the timely development of standards, specifically related to the built environment, products and assistive devices, and emergency evacuation operations.

A group of rooms is being held for all three meetings under a reduced guestroom rate. When making hotel reservations, please mention that you will be attending the ANSI-HSSP meeting to receive the reduced rate. Please note that individuals interested in attending more than one workshop are required to register separately for each event.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for each of the workshops. [see related news item] To become a sponsor, or for more information on the workshops, please contact Jessica Carl (jcarl@ansi.org; 212.642.4903).

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