HRPDC Inclusion Planner Invited to Present at Annual Conference on Disabilities
Emergency Preparedness was one of the main topics of discussion at this year’s well attended Insight Enterprises, Inc. Peninsula Center for Independent Living Annual Conference on Disabilities at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel this fall. Ms. Jenny Redick, HRPDC Regional Inclusion Planner, was invited to speak on the topic.
During her presentation, Ms. Redick emphasized the need for personal preparedness “for all,” especially in light of the incredibly destructive 2017 hurricane season. Following her remarks, there was a great discussion about how best to be prepared for disasters in Hampton Roads, and in particular, the Peninsula’s inclusion planning for response to local disasters. Ms. Redick encouraged the attendees to get involved in planning and response and self-advocate for a more resilient community for all.
Following her presentation, Ms. Redick met with and answered questions from attendees at the HRPDC and the Hampton Roads Transportation Organization table. Both organizations provided collaborative outreach during the event, providing handouts and takeaways on many of the region’s planning initiatives. Many conference participants were excited to learn that their voice was welcome regarding accessibility issues, inclusion and environmental justice in all areas of regional planning.
Other workshops and topics of discussion during the conference included information on Redevelopment & Housing, Hampton Transit, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Easter Seals, and local emergency management departments.
The Honorable Donnie Tuck, Mayor, City of Hampton and Virginia Senator Mamie E. Locke, Senate, 2nd District, were also special guests and presenters.