Plan Ahead to Assist Functional Needs Residents

Recent natural disasters have highlighted the value of identifying citizens with functional needs who require individual assistance during an emergency. Assisting these individuals has always been a concern for emergency managers and planners.

Fire Corps teams can take an active role in centralizing this critical information. Volunteers can help identify vulnerable populations or residents and compile vital data to assist responders during emergencies.

Consider working with your department to develop a voluntary registry that houses resident evaluations based on disability, age, or ailments. Residents can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and include the individual’s name, physical location, phone number, and emergency contact information. It can also include other information such as a medications list or any other information that might be of aid during an evacuation. The registry should have stringent confidentiality restrictions guarding its use and access.