News  Emergency preparedness training from MOD

  • Massachusetts Office on Disability
Photograph of about 18 audience members listening to a training instructor, a white woman with glasses in a blue shirt. One audience member, an elderly Asian woman, is showing a page in a training booklet to the person sitting next to her. There are red Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling.

Emergency preparedness training from MOD

Please note: We are not currently scheduling new emergency preparedness trainings. Please contact Lilia Melikechi, Communications and Training Manager, at or 617-851-2366 to be added to our waitlist.

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is looking for new partners and audiences for its Emergency Preparedness program. This program brings free, comprehensive emergency preparedness training to the disability community and local emergency preparedness professionals.

These trainings ensure people with disabilities have the assistance and appropriate resources needed in times of emergency. MOD's experienced instructor can facilitate trainings both direct-to-consumers or in a “train-the-trainer” style to organization staff.

Census Bureau data released in 2023 highlights how people with disabilities often face far worse consequences after a major disaster event than that of any other demographic group. Our presentation aims to evade this concerning trend by educating members of the public on how to rapidly connect people with disabilities to emergency resources.

Participants are quickly put at ease when they learn how communities across the Commonwealth are equipped with emergency plans that reflect the diversity of community members’ access and functional needs. Each training includes discussion on:

  • Emergency response resources and procedures locally and statewide
  • Steps that can be taken to personally prepare for emergency situations

The presentation ends with a lively Q&A and the distribution of Emergency “Go-Bags” that contain essential emergency supplies. Both the training presentation and the go-bags are free of charge. Supplies are limited, so please reach out to schedule your training as soon as possible.

In the past, MOD has held the training at Councils on Aging, Commissions on Disability, non-profit organizations, and subsidized housing for seniors and disabled residents. The Emergency Preparedness program is funded through federal and state grants.

  • Massachusetts Office on Disability 

    The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) works to ensure that people with disabilities can equally participate in all aspects of life in Massachusetts. MOD serves as a resource to state agencies, municipalities, and members of the general public by providing information, guidance and training on matters concerning disability-related civil rights, equal access, and opportunity.
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