Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) Consultation in Emergency Preparedness

Challenge

BCFS Emergency Management developed FEMA’s Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters. BCFS EMD offers programs on integrating functional needs support services for individuals with disabilities into comprehensive emergency management programs and planning process. The urgency surrounding FEMA’s new guidance has been elevated as jurisdictions are coming under fire for not meeting legal requirements that persons with disabilities have equitable access to all programs and services including those associated with emergency management. In particular, FEMA released their guidance document detailing operation guidance for all general population shelters to be prepared to provide care for individuals with disabilities, functional and access needs in the most integrated setting.

Tactics

Since its release in Nov. 2010, BCFS EMD has trained planners, responders and officials in all 50 U.S. states and territories on FNSS. The U.S. Department of Justice regularly refers jurisdictions to BCFS EMD for assistance in integrating FNSS into their plans.

Outcomes

BCFS EMD has become the national leader in providing expertise in this area. Jurisdictions partnering with BCFS EMD can be confident that their plans will meet the “gold seal” of FNSS compliance. Click here to access supplemental information cited in the FNSS, or contact us at 1-800-830-2246 to learn how BCFS EMD can support your jurisdiction's efforts to effectively and efficiently integrate FNSS into existing plans. Our experts are also available to speak at your next conference or symposium.