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General Information
Event Name: FEMA Urban Hazards Forum V: Conference on Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations
Event Description: PURPOSE
This conference will serve as a forum to improve preparedness, conduct training, demonstrate exercises and share best practices for special needs individuals and communities.

Members of the emergency management and emergency services communities (including OEMs; Police; Fire and EMS), special needs advocates, and representatives from the special needs communities are encouraged to attend. Also, we welcome individuals from voluntary organizations active in disaster (VOADs), disaster human service agencies, and faith-based emergency and disaster groups to participate. Interdisciplinary dialog among all conference participants will be encouraged!

We ask that you please click on the link directly below to complete a brief emergency preparedness questionnaire. This survey, which is known as the Public Readiness Index (PRI), is a first-of-its-kind tool to help individuals determine their “readiness quotient.” Results will be tabulated and announced at the conference.

Please check back on this site for updates to the conference schedule (including an agenda and detailed session information).  Registrants will be receiving follow-up emails regarding this information as well.  Once you have registered, please keep a look out for this information in your email inbox.  We will be conducting individual session sign-up through these follow-up emails, which will require your prompt reply.

* * Large Print, Braille, ASL Interpretation, Assistive Listening Devices, CART (Open Captioning) will be made available to conference attendees upon request. You will be prompted to list any special needs requests during the registration process.  These requests must be received by July 28, so please register as soon as possible. * *

Conference Sponsors
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -
Council for Excellence in Government (CEG) -
Center for Urban Research (CUR) -

Contact information for this course:
Kelly Rouba -, (609) 586-1566
Sean Waters -, (212) 680-3688
Additional Information: Please arrive at the conference by 8:00 AM for on-site registration. However, pre-registration is encouraged. Please click on the "Register Now" button below.
Registration Status: Registration Open
Event Begins: August 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM
Event Ends: August 13, 2008 at 5:00 PM
This event will be held at: The Proshansky Auditorium at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY)
365 5th Ave.
(by 34th St.)
New York, NY 10016-4309

Please note: There is no fee to attend this conference, but attendees must assume their own travel, hotel, and meal expenses.

Parking Information:
For those driving to CUNY, the two closest parking garages are on 35th Street, west of 5th Avenue, and on 32nd between 5th Avenue and Broadway. The cost is $15 for up to 12 hours for visitors, GC students, staff, and faculty. Anyone using this garage should ask the officer at the lobby desk for a discount sticker that can be affixed to the parking receipt.
Location Map:
These maps are for getting a general idea of the location - they may not be 100% accurate.
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Hotel Information
Hotel name and address: Please see the file attached below for area lodging options.
Additional Event Information
List of Hotels Near CUNY (17K/PDF)
Final Conference Agenda (18K/PDF)
Detailed Agenda with Speaker Biographies (66K/PDF)
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