Survey: Federal Employees w/Disabilities in Mid-Atlantic Area

December 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Federal employees with disabilities in Mid-Atlantic area:

Please complete a survey to improve disaster safety and security

A survey is currently being distributed by federal agency human capital offices to learn how to improve the safety and security of Federal employees with disabilities during a disaster or emergency.

One of the events that led to this survey was the earthquake in the Mid-Atlantic area on August 23, 2011, which resulted in the evacuation of Federal agencies.

The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC)* has asked federal employees in the Mid-Atlantic region to complete this survey within the next 7 days.

The survey was drafted by the Workplace Subcommittee, which will also analyze the results. The Subcommittee focuses on strategies to ensure that the development, implementation, and maintenance of workplace emergency preparedness plans fully incorporate the perspectives and needs of individuals with disabilities.

The ICC submits a report to the President each year with recommendations. The ICC Workplace Subcommittee will determine whether recommendations can be formed from the survey results.

The questionnaire/survey is on Survey Gizmo, which is 508 compliant, will be conducted on a volunteer basis, and will be done confidentially. The survey site is: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/652802/Earthquake-Survey

If you have questions or comments, contact:

Brian Parsons

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Office: 202-357-7787

Email: Brian.Parsons@hq.dhs.gov

or

Margaret Schaefer

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Department of Homeland Security

Office: 202-357-7790

Email: Margaret.Schaefer@hq.dhs.gov

*The ICC brings together over 25 Federal agencies to address disability-related emergency preparedness concerns and to advance the development of inclusive disaster policy and planning practices. The ICC has several subcommittees, including one on emergency preparedness in the workplace, led by representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Jason W. Olsen

Senior Policy Advisor

Department of Labor

Office of Disability Employment Policy

Olsen.Jason@Dol.Gov

(202) 693-7840