Using FEMA's Functional Needs Guidance in Shelters

Using FEMA's Functional Needs Guidance in Shelters

26th June, 2013

"Using FEMA's functional needs guidance in shelters" was the part of the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities" series of webinars and was held on June 26th.

Produced by the Pacific ADA Center and supported by the Great Lakes ADA Center.

Two years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided new guidance to eliminate special needs shelters and move to general population shelters with their document "Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters." This webinar will cover how general population shelters have incorporated FEMA's Functional Needs Services and Support (FNSS) guidance and the Communication, Medical, Independence, Supervision, and Transportation (C-MIST) framework for planning and response. We encourage you to join us on June 26th.

  • Presenters:
    • June Isaacson Kailes is a disability policy consultant on emergency preparedness and people with disabilities. Ms. Kailes currently consults with FEMA on disability issues and her 2007 paper established the C-MIST planning and response framework;
    • Janice Springer DNP, RN, PHN is a Disaster Health Services Advisor in Minnesota. Dr. Springer works as a consultant to the national headquarters of the American Red Cross with a special focus on clients in shelters.

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