Why does the CIL continue to be involved with disaster readiness?

CIL’s are huge advocates of emergency management and preparedness, but why do we prepare our communities for emergencies to the extent that we do? Often times, people with disabilities get lost in all the commotion during disasters and they end up placed in an environment that may appear to meet their needs, but actually doesn’t, such as a nursing home or psychiatric institution. This is why it’s extremely important that everyone is prepared beforehand and aware of all their resources. The CIL does our best to make sure these resources are accessible to everyone!

If you’d like to learn more about why it’s important to prepare for disasters, and why CIL’s will always be heavily involved with disaster readiness, this article is an informative read. The Emergency Management sector of Government Technology goes into depth on this issue and explains why this happens and how best to avoid it.

For more on emergency preparedness visit the Administration for Community Living’s Emergency Preparedness blog, and stay updated with us — the CIL will always be here for you!

HUGE thank you to our conference contributors!

On May 20th, the Center for Independent Living and The Villages Public Safety hosted an Emergency Preparedness Conference for people with disabilities, senior adults, and the community. This conference was aimed to update people on how to best prepare for emergencies and to ensure they’re exposed to all of the resources that are available to them.

We would like to thank all of the companies, vendors, and speakers for helping out with this conference. Without the support and contributions from these following organizations, we would not be able to put on conferences that address these crucial topics!

  • SECO Energy
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Rohan Recreation Center
  • The Village Public Safety
  • Sumter County Emergency Management
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Lake County Emergency Management
  • APD
  • Clear Caption
  • Shine
  • Lowe’s of Wildwood
  • Dept. of Health
  • Dept. of Health volunteers’
  • Dept. of Health SNP
  • Dept. of Health MRC
  • Family Network on Disabilities
  • Tony Delisle (CILNCF) & Beth Meyers (Florida Independent Living Council, Inc.)
  • David Casto (Sumter County Emergency Management)
  • Chris Littlewood (Instructional Technology Coordinator/St. Pete College)
  • Tralene Lucas (SECO Energy)

Thank you again to all of these organizations for your unwavering support and contribution!

Safety First, Thanks to CILNCF

The ramp built for Womber Hill in Brooker, Florida.

Womber Hill, of Brooker, Florida, lived in a house with a crumbling back porch and a dangerously uneven back door frame. Womber has poor balance and lives by herself, and as a result she often fell while exiting her dangerous back door and accumulated many scrapes and scratches.

The Center for Independent Living coordinated with Amwake Home Improvement to provide Womber with accessible home modifications which were completed on March 23, 2019.

Benjamin Amwake and a student volunteer from Santa Fe College revamped Womber’s porch, cleaned her yard and built her an accessible ramp. Womber is now able to safely navigate in and out of her home, and the freezer, refrigerator and hot water heater that she kept outside are now safely braced thanks to the new porch.

“Blood, sweat and tears [put into these projects] are more valuable to us than money,” said Mark Brisbane, coordinator of the ramp program at CILNCF. “That’s just rewarding.”