A key component of disaster response is the capability to rapidly identify and deploy the resources needed before, during and after emergencies. These resources, which are limited in number and availability, are critical to an effective response and essential to supporting individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in impacted areas.
To that end, the state of California's Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN), in collaboration with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services' (Cal OES) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) division has developed an interactive GIS web map that will be the definitive, comprehensive, statewide resource for access and functional needs (AFN) related assets/resources. The web map contains geographically searchable AFN-relevant information categorized into areas such as: Assistive Technology providers; accessible transportation providers; American Sign Language interpreting services; Independent Living Centers; and Functional Assessment Service Team coordinators.
The OAFN web map will enable Cal OES and its partners to identify, locate and reach AFN-related resource providers throughout the state.
- Understand how to utilize the web map to enhance and streamline the AFN component of their emergency response plans.
- Learn how to access, and contribute to, the OAFN web map.
- Be able to use the web map to identify specific AFN resources and assets specific to their geographic location.
Luis "Vance" Taylor is the Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Vance is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access and functional needs are identified before, during and after a disaster and integrated into the State's emergency management systems.