June 2018: A small group of emergency managers
and representatives from disability organizations met to discuss how to develop
a disability advisory council in Oregon, to work alongside emergency
June 2018-December 2018:A planning group was developed to
plan and execute an Inclusive Emergency Planning (IEP) Workshop in June 2019. This
planning group was comprised of additional disability service providers, many
of whom were people with disabilities.
January 2019: Nyla McCarthy was hired to
facilitate focus groups and help organize the IEP Workshop (January 2019 – June
March 2019: Focus groups were conducted in five
locations around the state. This resulted in the Beyond Checking Boxes Report,
which informed the IEP Workshop agenda.
June 18, 2019: The IEP Workshop was held in Salem,
Oregon. Attendees included emergency managers, disability service providers,
and people with disabilities. A final IEP Workshop Report was published in June 2019.
July 2019 – December 2019: A smaller planning group helped
develop a draft structure for the DEMAC, created from IEP Workshop Report and
participant comments. This group:
- Developed a Request for Proposal
- Contracted with HRSI to fulfill a
facilitator role to help develop the DEMAC.
- Developed a DEMAC member application
- Selected DEMAC primary and
- Held orientation calls with Human Services
Research Institute (HSRI) and DEMAC primary and alternate members.
January 2020: The DEMAC was officially