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MD EPN Webinar_Consideration for the LGBTQ+ in Your Organization's/Community's Emergency Planning and Disaster Response

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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MD EPN Online Spring 2022 Webinar:

Consideration for the LGBTQ+ in Your Organization's/Community's Emergency Planning and Disaster Response

For Practitioners

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST




Disasters don't discriminate, but often an organization or community's response to an emergency overlooks the needs of all community members who have been impacted. In this training we will discuss factors that emergency planners, service providers, and disaster responders should consider to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community is included in a community's response after a disaster. Register for the Practitioner training on 3/23/22 at 11 a.m. here

Additionally, An Emergency Preparedness training for LGBTQIA+ community members will be held on 3/30/22 at 11 a.m. Register online at,

Our Speaker 

Leighton Jones, ALM, CEM

Leighton is the Director of Emergency Response and New Initiatives for Direct Relief, an international humanitarian organization based in Santa Barbara, California. 

Prior to joining Direct Relief Leighton led the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, which serves as Harvard’s Center for public health and healthcare preparedness. 

Leighton’s background is in non-profit administration and emergency management having previously worked as the Chief Program Officer for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts and in various leadership positions for The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army in New York. He has deployed in response to numerous disasters across the United States including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, and aviation disasters. Leighton also served at Ground Zero in Manhattan immediately following the September 11th attacks and led the Red Cross response to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.   

Leighton is a graduate of the University of Plymouth (UK) and Harvard University.  He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and conducts trainings nationally on diversity, equity and inclusion in emergency planning and response. 

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