Access & Functional Needs

There are members of every community who cannot easily grab their emergency supplies and GO during an emergency. Planning and preparing for them during emergency situations requires a little more forethought!

How do you know who fits into the Access and Functional Needs category? That's easy...just keep reading.


Access & Functional Needs group meets at 1pm every 3rd Thursday of the month  at Crescent Fire Protection Dist., 255 W. Washington Blvd. in Crescent City


  • Visually impaired: May be extremely reluctant to leave familiar surroundings when the request for evacuation comes from a stranger. A guide dog could become confused or disoriented in a disaster. People who are blind or partially sighted may have to depend on others to lead them, as well as their dog, to safety during a disaster.
  • Hearing impaired: May need to make special arrangements to receive warnings.
  • Mobility impaired: May need special assistance to get to a shelter.
  • Single working parent: May need help to plan for disasters and emergencies.
  • Non-English speaking persons: May need assistance planning for and responding to emergencies. Community and cultural groups may be able to help keep people informed.
  • People without vehicles: May need to make arrangements for transportation.
  • People with special dietary needs: Should take special precautions to have an adequate emergency food supply.
  • People with medical conditions: Should know the location and availability of more than one facility if dependent on a dialysis machine or other life-sustaining equipment or treatment.
  • People with intellectual disabilities: May need help responding to emergencies and getting to a shelter.

Here are some great links to get you started!

Ready.gov - Individuals with Access & Functional Needs

Advice for people with disabilities or access & functional needs during an earthquake. 

FEMA Office of Disability Integration & Coordination

Planning for the Whole Community


Access & Functional Needs group meets at 1pm every 3rd Thursday of the month at Crescent Fire Protection Dist., 255 W. Washington Blvd. in Crescent City