Introduction

Emergency responders have varying levels of familiarity with people who have access and functional needs. The purpose of this information is to provide emergency personnel with a reference tool that will provide guidance for assisting people who have access and functional needs (formerly known as “special needs”) during the response and recovery phases of an emergency situation.

The information herein is to be applied in conjunction with training, experience, and your agency's standard operating procedures.

Note: This content can also be accessed by mobile devices through the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute website located at http://terrorism.spcollege.edu.

Instructions

Select the tabs at the top of the page to view the information.

Home: This is the Home page. Select the Home tab to return to this page.

Guide: This tab provides an electronic version of the Emergency Response for People Who Have Access and Functional Needs: A Guide for First Responders. This version includes links to videos and additional resources. This electronic version (.pdf) can also be printed on standard paper.

Flip Book: This tab provides an electronic version of the Emergency Response for People Who Have Access and Functional Needs: A Guide for First Responders flip book. This version includes links to videos and additional resources.

Checklist: This tab provides an On-The-Spot Assessment Strategies Checklist that may help to quickly identify resources, considerations or communication strategies to maintain the individual’s independence in an emergency situation. The checklist includes links to specific portions of the guide. This electronic checklist (.pdf) can also be printed on standard paper.

Video: This tab provides video links to scenarios, demonstrations and interviews which support emergency response for people who have access and functional needs.

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Resources
: This tab provides additional resources and resource links that support emergency response for people who have access and functional needs.

Note: After viewing the links throughout this resource, close the new browser window or use the back arrow, key or function to return to the source.