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Access and Functional Needs Resources
Contact the Bureau of Preparedness and Response
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A23
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Children and Families
Community and Faith-Based Organizations
- National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities—A clearinghouse of information on emergency preparedness in culturally diverse communities. The site includes a link to sign up for an E-newsletter.
- Rural Health Information Hub—An information portal that is a product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rural Initiative.
- Caring for Elders During Disasters—Tools and resources to guide and support local communities in their efforts to develop and sustain a continuum of care for elders during disasters. These tools include:
- A Guide for Community-Based Planning and Step by Step Companion Toolkit—The documents provide a comprehensive guide to communities for engaging elder care stakeholders in the preparedness, response and recovery cycles of all-hazards disaster management.
- Powerpoints from the Step-by-Step Companion Toolkit
- Older Adults Preparedness Portalhttps://www.cdc.gov/aging/emergency-preparedness/index.html—CDC's web portal to help states, communities, and partners plan for and protect vulnerable older adults in all hazards emergencies.
Kidney Disease/Dialysis Population
Persons with Disabilities
- Responder Preparedness for Persons with Autism includes preparedness information to assist responders when working with persons with autism spectrum disorder in a disaster setting.
- 18 Emergency Preparedness topics formatted to be friendly to deaf, blind and limited sight populations
- Disaster Behavioral Health
- Florida Deaf Resource List
- Just in Time Disaster Training Library from the Disaster Resistant Communities Group – This library contains a collection of on-line videos with training related to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Trainings of special interest for responders in working with persons with functional and access needs are highlighted here.
• Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke
•Disability Training for Emergency Planners from the Ohio State University Nisonger Center
• Disability Training for Responders from the Ohio State University Nisonger Center
• FEMA Orientation Manual for First Responders on the Evacuation of People with Disabilities
- Respiratory Disaster Planning Information and Guide–includes information about oxygen preparedness planning that can be used to guide oxygen users to assist them in getting ready for and being prepared for evacuation in the event of a disaster.
- Agency Capacity Assessment Tool from agencies who serve these various groups to better identify sustainment needs during an event and the agency's capacity to meet those needs
- At-Risk, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience—U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Division webpage with resources to ensure the functional needs of at-risk individuals and behavioral health issues are integrated in public health and medical emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Best Practices for Communication with Vulnerable Populations: A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit
- Communication Resource Guide
- County Planning Assessment Tool that assesses level of planning to meet identified need considerations for each population
- Emergency Response for People who have Access and Functional Needs: A Guide for First Responders - National Terrorism Preparedness Institute at St. Petersburg College. This site provides emergency personnel guidance and resources for assisting people who have access and functional needs during the response and recovery phases of an emergency situation.
- CDC Public Health Workbook To Define, Locate, and Reach Special, Vulnerable, and At-risk Populations in an Emergency
- At-risk Populations eTool—A companion to the At-risk Populations Workbook. The purpose of this tool is to help you create a Community Outreach Information Network (COIN) to reach at-risk populations in an emergency. Developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
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