Crisis Management, Disaster Training and Auditing
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      Functional Needs Emergency  Management

When planning for emergencies, responding to disasters or engaging in Business Continuity Operations,  careful consideration must be given to those individuals who have access and functional needs.


One-size-fits-all style if planning often leaves out those who have difficulty in adapting to the rapidly changing situation brought about by emergencies.


For example, someone who is visually impaired will not be able to react to visual cues such as strobe lights, signs or electronic media messages. However, they may be able to react to verbal cues. This is in contrast to someone who is hearing impaired who often cannot react to verbal cues, but may be able to react to visual cues. Thus, in the PREPARING stage of emergency planning, a good Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment must be conducted in order to understand what access and functional needs persons are affected by the planning process.


The PLANNING stage of emergency management should entail working with persons who work with the identified access or funational needs, as well as with those individuals themeslves in order to understand what can and cannot work, and what the organization can support.


Resilience International are experienced in:

  • Ceating coalitions of social service organizations catering to access and functional needs persons, emrgency responders and government agencies.
  • Creating Special Needs Advisory Panels in various counties
  • Planning and training program creation for agencies and government entities. 
  • Developing all-inclusive emergency response plans, training programs and exercises.

Emergency Preparedness Resources for persons with Functional Needs

For information on resources for persons with disabilities please contact the National Organization on Disabilities at:

         Disaster               Preparedness       Resources


Small Business Administration

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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