Practice: Comprehensive policies, procedures, and training for highly trained individuals to conduct functional assessments for vulnerable populations at shelters.

Location: State of California

Brief Description: The FAST program is to provide highly trained personnel to conduct functional assessments of people with access and functional needs that are in shelters to determine whether they can be supported within the general population shelter. To keep up with the training schedule refer to the forum discussions under shelters -> medical -> FAST.

Contact Information:
OES Office on Access and
Functional Needs
Voice: (916) 845-8288



Practice: Toolkit of recommendations to make emergency shelters compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

United States

Brief Description: Because the ADA requires that people with disabilities have equal access to shelters and the benefits they provide, this toolkit stresses the need for advance planning and accessibility along with reasonable modifications described specifically in the text.

Contact information:
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section - NYA
Washington, D.C. 20530
Voice: Toll Free (800) 514-0301
TTY (800) 514-0383


"Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters"

Prepared by FEMA, "this document provides guidance to assist emergency managers and shelter planners in understanding the requirements related to sheltering children and adults with functional support needs in general population shelters. Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) and the guidance provided are designed to assist in the planning and resourcing of sheltering operations whether government, NGO, faith- or private-based to meet the access and functional needs of children and adults."


Practice: Excellent document to use as a template on comprehensive policies and procedures for establishing local medical needs shelters.

Location: Any state

Brief Description: Adopted by the Kansas Department of Social an Rehabilitation Services, Assisting Individuals with Functional Needs During Evacuation and Sheltering, ESF6:Mass Care, Sheltering and Human Services.

Contact Information:
Voice: (1-888-369-4777)

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