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Community Disaster Resiliency Network

The Community Service Provider Network was created to connect community service providers and allow members to discuss best practices, common goals, emergency planning and training, sharing resources, etc., in order to increase agency and client resiliency before, during and after disasters.

One of the barriers identified through several workshops and surveys was a limited opportunity for a community service provider collaboration around emergency preparedness. Our strategy to address this barrier was the development of the Community Disaster Resiliency Network.

Who We Are

We are a group of professionals, from a variety of organizations and disciplines, who get together to share information about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery – and to discuss why those topics are important to our organizations and the people we serve.

We also share information about the services and resources we provide in an attempt to identify where connections can be made between organizations.
Our goal is to build a network of organizations invested in disaster resiliency in our communities through consistent individual action on an organization and consumer level. Members include:
  • Case managers
  • Residence providers
  • Transportation providers
  • Emergency managers
  • Resource and referral coordinators
  • Job providers
  • Medical service providers
  • Advocates
  • Disaster assistance coordinators
  • Faith-based service organizations
  • Educational providers

Does your organization have plans, resources and relationships already in place to help you through a disaster? If not, join us! If yes, please come share!

How to Get Involved

If you’d like to join our efforts, we encourage you to:
  • Attend quarterly meetings, every third Monday (March, June, September, December). The next meeting is on Monday, December 19, 2016, from 10-11:30 a.m. at EITAS, 8508 Hillcrest Road, KCMO 64138.
  • Invite other organizations to take part.
  • Learn from emergency management and response professionals, disaster assistance organizations and other organizations about their preparedness efforts.
  • Be willing to share plans and information from your organization with the Network.
  • Take tools and recommendations back to your organization and the people your organization serves for utilization.
  • Look for ways to connect with other organizations – service providers, emergency management/response, and disaster assistance organizations.


Contact Us 

Andrea Spieker
Johnson County Mental Health, Johnson County, Kansas

Jake Jacobs
EITAS - Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County
816-363-2000, ext. 207

Jennifer Wyatt

Mary Carter 
Mid-America Alliance for Access

Donna Martin
Mid-America Regional Council
816 701-8369

Community Disaster Resiliency Network


To enable all people to practice emergency preparedness and increase their resiliency during disaster events through education, with inclusive and accessible materials delivered by trusted service providers.


To develop a network of Community Service Providers committed to engaging with their consumers and with each other regarding tools, training, and best practices in disaster preparedness and response targeting the populations they serve.


Develop a Community Service Provider Network that:
  • Has self-sustaining leadership and engagement.
  • Is committed to moving from reaction to planning.
  • Is able to identify capability levels in its organizations and their consumers.
  • Helps build strategic relationships among service providers.
  • Promotes learning about basic emergency management principles and practices.
  • Has members that are willing to share and collaborate.


  • Foster ongoing participation in monthly meetings to develop CSPN structure and capabilities.
  • Develop and execute ongoing action items to support network goals.
  • Develop and implement preparedness and response tools and/or practices to increase awareness by consumers of:
    • Resources available to them for assistance.
    • Dependencies on service providers who may or may not be available to them in times of disaster.
  • Engage with emergency management professionals to educate and build awareness of people with functional and access needs.
  • Participate in a summit event for high-level training.
  • Recruit other service providers to become involved.