Emergency Preparedness

MOPD Disaster Resilience & Resource Network

MOPD Disaster Resilience & Resource Network

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Disaster Resilience and Resource Network?

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Disaster Resilience and Resource Network ("Network") is comprised of governmental and non-government organizations. The Network is led by MOPD in close coordination with New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM). The Network meets quarterly or as otherwise needed to address issues related to disaster resiliency and integrated emergency management for people with disabilities. The Network supports a citywide network of information sharing relevant to people with disabilities.

What is the mission of the Disaster Resilience and Resource Network?

The mission of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Disaster Resilience and Resource Network ("Network") is to utilize promising practices and connect agency expertise through communication across city agencies to ensure that people retain equal access to resources and services during emergencies and disasters. The Network does this by its members networking across city agencies and organizations and by providing the public with resources and information that is specific to people with disabilities before, during, and after disasters.

What does the Disaster Resilience and Resource Network do?

In order to meet its mission the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Disaster Resilience and Resource Network ("Network") conducts the following:

  • Discusses and addresses impediments impacting equal access for people with disabilities to recovery resources due to Sandy and other emergencies
  • Maintains and strengthens partnerships among Network members by frequent communication and collaborative problem solving
  • Strengthens the capacity of the Network members to ensure accessibility, effective communication and program modification of their programs, services and activities related to disaster planning, recovery, resiliency and mitigation programs
  • Monitors, reviews and supports accessibility throughout mitigation activities including accessibility issues in City/State Hazard Mitigation Plans
  • Helps local and statewide agencies on how to meet recovery needs, advise of relevant disaster information and information on disability benefits programs and support disaster case management initiatives

How can I participate in the Disaster Resilience and Resource Network?

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Disaster Resilience and Resource Network ("Network") is committed to planning alongside the community. If individuals or organizations would like to participate in a Network meeting or have any questions or concerns they can contact the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities: Eli Fresquez by dialing (212)-788-2505, dial 711 for relay.

MOPD Disaster Resilience Contact Form

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Important Resources

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Past Meetings of the Disaster Resilience and Resource Network

May 28th, 2019 Meeting
January 29th, 2019 Meeting
September 24th, 2018 Meeting
June 27th, 2018 Meeting
March 16th, 2018 Meeting
November 9th, 2017 Meeting
June 23rd, 2017 Meeting

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