Professional Development: Access for All in Emergency Preparedness and Response
Funding will support the ?Access for All in Emergency Preparedness and Response? training session offered at the 2015 WASCLA Language Access Summit to be held October 16-17, 2015 in Ellensburg, WA. WASCLA Language Access Summit will bring in a national expert on emergency management services for immigrant and refugee populations in order to offer training to the maximum number of our constituents. Currently emergency management services for limited English proficient (LEP) persons in Washington are being handled on a largely ad-hoc basis outside of King County, if at all. This critical issue has been highlighted most recently in the wake of Summer 2015 wildfires in Eastern Washington, which have occurred in certain counties with large numbers of Spanish-speaking residents, many of whom have LEP. In accordance with WASCLA?s mission to promote language access solutions through collaborative efforts, we believe it will be beneficial to share the example of a systematic, coordinated approach to emergency management from another state, in this case a program operating in Minnesota.