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Functional Needs Populations
When preparing for disasters it is important to identify and assist populations that may have additional needs. These populations have been termed “Special Needs”, "Vulnerable", or “At-Risk”. For our purposes, we refer to these populations as “Functional Needs” Populations.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is committed to working with state, local, county, profit and non-profit agencies to assist and provide guidance in emergency response for “Functional Needs” Populations. This includes planning and identifying partners and resources for Assistance in Daily Living activities (ADL’s), mobility equipment, communication devices and language interpreters (including American Sign Language). In addition, a Task Force has been developed to bridge the gap between the “Functional Needs” communities and emergency planning communities. The Task Force developed a guidance and resource template to help local emergency planners, specifically Emergency Support Function (ESF) #6 - Mass Care, Housing and Human Services Annex partners, prepare for populations with functional needs.
Functional Needs Populations & Emergency Preparedness Education: Questions & Answers (PDF)
Poblaciones con Necesidades Funcionales & Educación de Preparación en Caso de Emergencias: Preguntas & Respuestas (PDF)
Emergency Preparedness Guide For People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision (PDF)
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Functional Needs Public Health Workbook (PDF)
Ready.gov: Get A Kit (http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html)
Listo.gov: Prepare un Equipo (http://www.listo.gov/america/getakit/index.html)
Keep It With You (KIWY) Personal Medication Information Sheet - English (PDF)
Keep It With You (KIWY) Personal Medication Information Sheet - Spanish (PDF)
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: H1N1 Information for People with Disabilities and their Caregivers (http://www.cdc.gov/Features/DisabilitiesH1N1)
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