About EPI Global

History/Background

EPI Global is a new organization, but it is one with a rich history of serving the public. EPI Global was formerly known as the National Organization on Disability’s (NOD’s) Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI). It formed as a program under NOD in 2001, following the September 11 attacks, to address the need for greater awareness and integration of disability issues in emergency management. Elizabeth Davis was the first director of NOD’s EPI program.

Since 2001, the organization successfully met its goals in bringing disability issues to the forefront of emergency management through creative public awareness campaigns; presenting at hundreds of conferences and holding national conferences focused on this topic area; working one-on-one with emergency managers and disability organizations and consumers; developing customized materials for people with disabilities and emergency managers; and conducting cutting-edge research.

Following Elizabeth Davis’ leadership, Hilary Styron served as the director for nearly 6 years carrying out some of EPI’s most innovative and important programs. One of these includes the Special Needs Assessment for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE), which deployed teams of disability experts and emergency managers to the hardest hit areas in the Gulf Coast following Katrina to assess response activities and make immediate changes to ensure greater inclusivity of those with disabilities who were affected in the disaster.

All three of NOD EPI’s former directors – Elizabeth Davis, Hilary Styron, and Bruce McFarlane - remain engaged with EPI Global.

Today

EPI Global is building off of the successes of the former NOD EPI program. Moreover, we are expanding our reach to include more populations in our focus area and especially those that are traditionally underserved as a result of disability, age,  gender, socio-economic status, race, or cultural backgrounds. EPI Global works to integrate these populations through direct programming to consumers, organizations, communities, and emergency responders and managers

 EPI Global Programs 

EPI Global program areas include:

(A) Awareness and Outreach.  EPI Global will conduct outreach and customize material and training to ensure that it is designed appropriately to reach targeted populations.  Currently there are two focus areas:

  • Individual/Consumer Level.  Personal Preparedness awareness programs that reach consumers directly to provide appropriate guidance and tools about getting prepared for disasters.
  • Organizational/Agency Level.  Providing training and tools on emergency planning and continuity of operations organizations and agencies that provide services to vulnerable populations.

(B)  Technical Assistance.  EPI Global will provide technical advisement in regard to inclusive emergency management activities to organizations, government agencies, and consumers.

(C) Curriculum Development.  EPI Global is working to integrate the study of vulnerable populations and disasters into existing academic programs including emergency management, social work, public administration, sociology, nursing, among many others.

(D) Virtual Community.  Through this website and use of social networking tools, EPI Global will develop a virtual community where those who work in this field, or are interested in it can become part of a community of learners and educators.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Advisory Team

In Memoriam

EPI Global Partners

Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance

GDRA is a network of women and men working in communities and organizations toward more sustainable, just and disaster resilient ways of living in the United States.  With the leadership of grassroots women, we seek to develop and strengthen the nation’s resilience to the increasing array of hazards and potential disasters we will face in the coming decades.   Elaine Enarson, a member of the EPI Global Advisory Team, is a founding member.

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