Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI)
National Organization on Disability

Elizabeth A. Davis
Director, Emergency Preparedness Initiative
National Organization on Disability

September 29, 2004

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The National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) has named Elizabeth A. Davis Director of its Emergency Preparedness Initiative. Ms. Davis brings extensive experience in both disability policy and emergency management work. She provided emergency assistance at “ground zero” at the World Trade Center during and after Sept. 11. She has worked since then with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New York City Office of Emergency Management as the Special Needs Advisor.

Prior to opening her special needs consultancy, EAD & Associates, LLC, Ms. Davis was for more than four years Special Needs Advisor: Emergency Management Planner with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, where she incorporated disability access standards into the city’s emergency contingency plans, drills and outreach programs. She previously served as Assistant to Counsel and Senior Policy Analyst at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

Since 1997 Ms. Davis has been co-chair of the National Hurricane Conference Special Needs/Health Care Committee. She earned both her law degree and her master’s in education, focused on Deaf Studies, at Boston University, and her undergraduate degree at Barnard College – Columbia University. She is fluent in American Sign Language.