September is National Preparedness Month. Emergencies can happen in an instant and without warning. From weather-related events and other natural disasters to emergencies such as chemical spills and power outages, the unexpected can put you and your family in danger — unless you plan ahead. Please join us for an important discussion about how families living with neuromuscular disease can be prepared for any urgent situation. Topics to be covered include:
- The nature of emergencies
- Developing an evacuation plan
- Putting together a “go kit”
- Understanding your specific needs based on your individual situation
Additionally, please be sure to bookmark this link for MDA’s comprehensive list of emergency resources for our families.
Presenter Luis “Vance” Taylor is the Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Vance is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access and functional needs are identified before, during and after a disaster and then integrated within the state’s emergency management systems.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vance was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child and uses a power chair. He has worked in Washington, D.C. as an advisor for two different members of Congress, directed security policy at a national association and been a principal at a top-ranked homeland security and emergency management consulting firm, Catalyst Partners, LLC. Vance is a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for individuals with disabilities.
Vance has a Master’s degree in homeland security from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in communications. He is married to his sweetheart, Casey, and they have two beautiful daughters.
Vance and his family live in Rancho Cordova, CA.