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Persons with Access and Functional Needs

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The effects of recent disasters and other incidents have highlighted the need for better identification and planning for individuals most at risk for adverse health outcomes during or following a disaster. Persons with access and functional needs are often defined as individuals whose unique needs may not be fully integrated into planning for disaster response. These individuals include, but are not limited to, persons with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. These also include persons with limited English proficiency, geographically or culturally isolated, medically or chemically dependent, homeless, frail elderly and children.


Florida Access and Functional Needs Profile

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woman in wheelchair looking outsideMeeting the needs of persons with access and functional needs during or following a disaster is a key component of public health and medical preparedness planning. It is important to understand the nature of the vulnerabilities that put individuals more at-risk, develop better methods for identification, and identify strategies for meeting those needs during disasters to enhance existing plans.

This webpage is a toolkit for community planners who seek to better understand the needs of persons with access and functional needs before, during and after a disaster or incident. These tools are designed to enhance awareness and assessment of, and communications to persons with access and functional needs in our communities. This will be a living site where tools and resources will continue to be added as they become available. If you have feedback or input on how to improve the toolkit or would like to share/submit additional resources for inclusion in the toolkit, send an email to the below address:

"Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing." - Fla. Stat. sec. 668.6076

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