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Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities webinar 2

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Preparing for Heat Waves, Wildfires and Power Outages 

Live webinar! 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022  
4 – 5:30 p.m. PDT 

Join us for an informative webinar with emergency preparedness expert Donna Harris and Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition members Adrianna Richardson, Michael Steen and Ross Ryan. Learn about how to prepare for heat waves, wildfires and power outages. Event flyer

Power Planning for Persons with Disabilities  

  • In the first part of this webinar, Donna Harris will present on the one common element in many emergencies, that there is no electricity. Do you or a family member depend on life-support equipment and/or refrigeration for life-sustaining medications? If so, you need a power outage plan. Donna’s presentation will provide a power planning checklist and look at alternative power resources.  

Oregon Self Advocacy Panel Discussion 

  • In the second part of the webinar, panelists Adrianna Richardson, Michael Steen and Ross Ryan will talk about their experience with heat waves and wildfires and share tips on how to be prepared for heat and wildfire related emergencies.  

Additionally, we will share a list of resources you can use to prepare for heat waves, wildfires, power outages and other emergencies.  

The webinar will offer live captioning and ASL interpretation. Do you need an accommodation to attend this webinar? Please contact Angie at stapleta@ohsu.edu by May 25, 2022. 

We will also be live streaming on the OHSU UCEDD Community Partners Council Facebook page! This webinar will be recorded with captioning and available to view on this website. 

This webinar is brought to you by the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in the Institute on Development and Disability at OHSU. 

Presenter bios

Donna Harris

Donna Harris, M.A.
Disability Advocate and Emergency Preparedness Instructor 
Donna Harris is a person with a disability with a M.A. in Conflict Resolution. She has been a member of the City of Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team since 1995 and received additional preparedness training from FEMA and Mercy Corp. Her focus is on emergency preparedness training for persons with access and functional needs and training for first responders. Her goal is that all persons with disabilities are well prepared for emergencies and are never left behind. 

Michael Steen

Michael Steen
Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition
As a lifetime Oregonian, Michael Steen attended Linfield College and has a career in community banking with Beneficial State Bank. Outside of work, Michael has served on United Cerebral Palsy Oregon Board since 2009, is Co-Chair of Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition’s Health Care Committee and is a member of Portland Pearl Rotary. Michael’s philosophy is “Cerebral Palsy has been part of my life since day one, providing a certain amount of richness to embrace and a unique perspective to live from.” Being moderately affected by physical limitations, he structures his life to include regular low impact exercise. He enjoys walking & hiking, swimming and riding a recumbent trike as his primary mode of transportation. By realizing first-hand the positive impact from exercise and a healthy, well-balanced diet, he would like to see other people with disabilities incorporate these practices with greater ease.

Ross Ryan holds up an award plaque

Ross Ryan
Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition
Currently, my job is a Community Advocate for the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition where I am paid to be an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many state leadership committees. These meetings include the Oregon Employment First Executive Order Stakeholder Group, the Oregon Health Authority Ombuds Advisory Committee, the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Budget Stakeholder Group, the Office of Developmental Disability Services Individual Support Plan Revision Work Group, ODDS Field Review Stakeholder Group, the Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Department of Labor Work Group. Also, I am currently serving on the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC) Board, a position that requires I speak on behalf of other people with disabilities that cannot speak up for themselves. I am a proud Oregonian and I want to make things better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Adrianna Richardson 
Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition