FEMA PrepTalk: “We Succeed or Fail Together!”



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its emergency management partner organizations today released a presentation from its PrepTalks symposium series, Vance Taylor’s “We Succeed or Fail Together!” Taylor is the Head of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Office of Access and Functional Needs, and his PrepTalk focuses on improving outcomes for disaster survivors with access and functional needs.

In his PrepTalk, Taylor shares a personal experience of visiting a shelter that failed to take into account the needs of people with disabilities, and how emergency managers can achieve better integrated planning. In his presentation, he also urges the emergency management community to apply artificial intelligence and other technology to improving the way we communicate and assist those individuals with access and functional needs.

Taylor’s PrepTalk, the question-and-answer session that followed, a discussion guide, and additional reference materials are available at https://www.fema.gov/preptalks/taylor. Additional PrepTalks from the September 6, 2018 Symposium held in Washington, D.C. will be released in the coming months.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.