Recent studies indicate that as high as 20% of our citizens in Madison County live with access and functional needs on a daily basis. These needs include physical, medical, emotional, mobility and communication challenges.
During time of a disaster, persons with access and functional needs may also be faced with a number of other challenges; such as, warning and notification issues, how will I be notified and where can I find information?, evacuation and transportation issues, when instructed to leave their home, what do I take with me and how much?
Here are several resources that will help you and your family prepare for disaster:
Ready - Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs, "How to Make a Plan and Create a Support Network"
Red Cross - Preparedness for Seniors and People with Access and Functional Needs
ADA - Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities
Being Prepared Starts with You, Your Family, and Your Community.
Core Advisory Group
Our EM Office coordinates a AFN CAG (Access and Functional Needs Core Advisory Group, which advises us in our planning related to people with access and functional needs. This CAG is comprised of people with access and functional needs, advocacy groups, and organizations who work directly with people with access and functional needs. For more information on the CAG, email us.