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​Office of Access and Functional Needs Library

In order to ensure that community leaders, state agencies, advocacy organizations, emergency managers and others have the best and most current access and functional needs-related planning resources available to them in an easy to access, one-stop-shop central repository, we created the OAFN Library.

The OAFN Library is a comprehensive clearinghouse for access and functional needs-specific best practices, guidance documents, videos, and more. Whether you’re looking for information on effective communication, sheltering or integration; you’ll find it all in the OAFN Library!

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Assembly Bill 2311 - Planning Guidance


Dear Partners,
In September 2016, the California legislature passed and the Governor signed AB 2311 (Brown, Chapter 520, Statutes of 2016) which added California Government Code section 8593.3. This law requires counties and cities to further integrate access and functional needs components into their respective emergency plans upon the next update. These components include:

    • Emergency communications;
    • Emergency evacuation; and
    • Emergency sheltering


California Government Code section 8593.3 defines "access and functional needs " to mean individuals who have developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities, chronic conditions, injuries, limited English proficiency and persons who are older adults, children, people living in institutionalized settings, or those who are low income, homeless, or transportation disadvantaged, including, but not limited to, those who are dependent on public transit and those who are pregnant.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is committed to promoting integration and access in emergency management and planning for the state’s whole community. As such, the Cal OES Office of Access and Functional Needs developed guidance to assist emergency planners as they incorporate the above components into the jurisdictions’ emergency plan. We hope you find the guidance to be a helpful resource as you work to ensure your respective plans integrate access and functional needs.

We appreciate our partners and the key roles you play in integrating the needs of the whole community within the preparedness, planning and response initiatives we implement throughout California. Cal OES looks forward to working with your offices to support you in this planning effort.

Thank you.
The OAFN Team


Getting it Right Workshop 

One of the essential primary elements of emergency management is an unwavering commitment to providing equal, accessible, quality service to every individual impacted by disaster. In order to ensure considerations for individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs are addressed before, during and after disasters; communities must be forward-leaning and diligent in recruiting and involving disability advocates and disability community leaders as integral partners in improving how they integrate whole community needs.

To achieve this goal, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and our partners at the Pacific ADA Center, the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, Portlight Strategies, Inc. and the American Red Cross sponsoring two one-day Getting It Right workshops in California.

The workshops took place on June 6th in Irvine and June 8th in Sacramento. In total, over 350 emergency managers, disability leaders and first responders from across California came together for important discussions on inclusive disaster strategies.

At Getting It Right we fostered an environment of trust and understanding vital to advancing the mission of access and functional needs throughout California and identified the barriers to fully integrating disaster services while paving the way to overcome the problems of yesterday so we can succeed today. In short, we became better prepared to face natural or man-made events and more enabled, as a whole community, to respond and recover together.

And that makes for a safer, more resilient California.

Below is the combined agenda for each event. While not every speaker incorporated powerpoint into their presentation, those who did provided copies, which can be accessed using the links below.


Getting It Right


June 6th and 8th, 2017

Irvine and Sacramento, CA

L. Vance Taylor
Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Mona Bontty
Southern Regional Administrator
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Marcie Roth
Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

Paul Timmons
Portlight Strategies, Inc.

Jan Garrett (Click here for presentation)
Program Manager
Pacific ADA Center
Roxann Crawford (Click here for presentation)
Region IX Disability Integration Specialist
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Andy Berk (Click here for presentation)
Staff Attorney
Disability Rights California
California's Protection and Advocacy System

June Isaacson Kailes (Click here for presentation)
Disability Policy Consultant
Associate Director, Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy
Western University of Health Sciences

Aaron Carruthers
Executive Director
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Mark Starford (Click here for presentation)
Board Resource Center


Katy Willis
Evacuee/survivor of Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Disaster

Eric Lamoureux (Click here for presentation)
Inland Regional Administrator
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
L. Vance Taylor
Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Ana Acton
Executive Director
FREED Center for Independent Living

Tamara A. Rodriguez (Click here for presentation)
Officer, Emergency Preparedness & Response
California Department of Developmental Services

Julie E. Jeakle (Click here for presentation)
Emergency Services Coordinator
County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services

Jeff L. Reeb (Click here for presentation)
Chief Executive Office
Office of Emergency Management
Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center
Zack Mullennix
Emergency Services Officer
San Bernardino County Fire
Office of Emergency Services
Georgianna Armstrong
Emergency Services Manager
Kern County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services


Marcelle Indelicato (Click here for presentation)
Senior Emergency Planner
Office of the Sheriff, Emergency Services Division
Contra Costa County


Kathryn Gerk (***retired***) (Click here for presentation)
Emergency Services Manager
Richmond Fire Department
Office of Emergency Services


Denise Everhart (Click here for presentation)
Division Disaster Executive
Pacific Division (AK, WA, OR, CA, HI, GU, MP, AS)
American Red Cross

Eleanor Guzik, RN NP
American Red Cross
Volunteer Partner with Anne Reynolds DDD
Pacific Division Disability Integration Advisor

Anne Reynolds
Division Disaster Director
Pacific Division
American Red Cross

LeAnn Raffanti
Chief, Disaster Services Bureau
Department of Social Services
Lewis E. Kraus
Pacific ADA Center

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