As Oregonians, we know that disasters are possible. Every year, we are reminded of this fact by wildfires, floods and other community emergencies. The Disability Emergency Management Advisory Council (DEMAC) of Oregon is a new group that will help ensure Oregon is prepared to meet the needs of people with disabilities in disasters. DEMAC will advise state agencies on disability-accessible ways to keep communities safe before, during and after disasters.
DEMAC will have up to 25 primary members (who may have designated alternates), two-thirds of them people with disabilities, and also will include public health and human services professionals, disability service professionals, parents or guardians of people with disabilities and emergency managers. DEMAC will also have general members who get updates about the council and can volunteer for short-term, remote subcommittee work.
Are you interested in joining DEMAC? Do you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in joining? If so, please read the attached document, which includes more information about the Disability Emergency Management Advisory Council (DEMAC) of Oregon, expectations of members and the application to join. Instructions for submitting your application are included in the document. You can also access this information online at healthoregon.org/getinvolved.
Applications for primary and alternate membership should be submitted by October 7, 2019. General members can submit their applications at any time. All applicants can expect to hear back from us by the first week of November.
If you need this information in another format or language, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about DEMAC, you can call or email us:
Krista Aquinas-Gallagher (ASL, video phone)
Video phone: (503) 454-6100
Mobile voice/text: (971) 888-3358
Mobile voice/text: 503-510-9361
Thank you for your interest!