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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!

To view categorized resource documents click the links below: 

If you would like to add a document or resource to the OAFN Library, please submit it to


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ADA Compliance

​Access and Functional Needs Populations

​Planning Guidance

Assembly Bill 2311 - Planning Guidance

Fair Housing Renter Rights Workshop Evening Session (9-6-17)

AFN Checklist

DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Toolkit

FEMA Citizen Corps Preparedness Survey

FEMA Getting Real II Conference Proceedings

Hospital Surge Evaluation Tool

Stearns County Integrated Emergency Plan

CitizenVoice Safely Out Project

Guidance on Integration

FEMA's State and Local Guidance (SLG) 101: Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning, Attachment F - Mass Care

FEMA Promising Practice: Inclusive Emergency Management Practices in Vermont

2013 FEMA National Preparedness Report Fact Sheet

IS-240a Leadership and Influence

IS-241a Decision Making and Problem Solving

Emergency Planning: Providing Resources to Staging Areas and
Receiving Points in Evacuation Zones

Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach

Washington County EOP Functional Annex - Donations Management

Washington County EOP Functional Annex - Emergency Medical Services Resource Management

Washington County EOP Functional Annex - Resource Management

Los Angeles Regional Recovery Guidance for Emergency Planners

Los Angeles City/County/Operational Area Mass Care Annex

Washington County 2011 Emergency Operations Plan

ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments

CDC- Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing Their Protection during All-Hazards Emergencies

Moving Beyond "Special Needs": A Function-Based Framework for Emergency Management and Planning

Checklist for Integrating People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Preparedness, Planning, Response & Recovery  

Paratransit Emergency Preparedness and Operations Handbook

Napa Valley AFN Inclusion and Emergency Management PowerPoint

Cal OES Voluntary Disaster Registry Planning Guidance


Building Community Resilience to Disasters

Characteristics of a Disaster-resilient Community

FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101

FEMA National Household Survey 2015

How to Prepare for a Wildfire

A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management (FEMA)

Feeling Safe - Being Safe

Feeling Safe - Being Safe Video

Cal OES OFAN Guidance on Planning and Responding to the Need of People With Disabilities and Older Adults, August 2008

Making Your Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Accessible to People With Disabilities

Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans

Orientation Manual for First Responders on the Evacuation of People with Disabilities

Mass Care Response in Meeting the Needs of Infants and Children: Task Force Planning

Plan Integration: Linking Local Planning Efforts

The Ethics of Business Continuity Planning

Washington County EOP Functional Annex - Mental Health

Emergency Preparedness and Pets

Los Angeles County Operational Area Emergency Response Plan

Los Angeles City/County/Operational Area Recovery Annex Template

New Hampshire Functional Needs Guidance Support Annex

Pet Emergency Preparedness Flyer

Cal OES - Active Shooter Awareness Guidance

Alzheimer’s Association- Disaster Preparedness.

CDC- Public Health Workbook: To Define, Locate, and Reach Special, Vulnerable, and At-risk Populations in an Emergency

CDC- eTool: To Define, Locate, and Reach Special, Vulnerable, and At-risk Populations in an Emergency

National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)- Emergency Response Preparedness Self-Assessment Instrument

RAND Corporation- Special Needs Populations Mapping for Public Health Preparedness

REMS TA Center Planning for Disabilities

Accessible Meeting And Event Checklist

Cal OES - Best Practices for Stakeholder Inclusion (June 2020)





Preparing for Disaster: Protecting the Most Vulnerable in Emergencies

Preparing Neighborhoods for Disaster

Ready Now! Emergency Preparedness Tool Kit

Addressing Access and Functional Needs (AFN) in School and IHE Emergency Operations Plans

ShakeOut Earthquake Guide for People with Disabilities and AFN

Texas Functional Needs Support Services Toolkit

Feeling Safe - Being Safe (Spanish)

Evacuee Support Planning Guide

Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters

Personal Preparedness: Parents & Caregivers

Personal Preparedness: Seniors

Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness 2005 Annual Report

FEMA 2019 National Preparedness Report

FEMA 2008 National Response Framework

Resource Management for Providing Mass Care Services: An Innovative Tool for Estimating Shelter and Feeding Resources

Washington County EOP Functional Annex - Public Health

India 2013 - Inclusive Disaster and Emergency Management for Persons with Disabilities

Los Angeles Regional Alliance Presentation

Los Angeles Operational Area Mass Evacuation Process Guide 

Non-Profits Continuity and Recovery Plan Template

AARP- We can do better: Lessons Learned for Protecting Older Persons in Disasters.

ADA- Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments

HHS- emPOWER Map 2.0

HHS- Office of Minority Health- Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit  

RAND Corporation- Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response

Strategies for Inclusive Planning in Emergency Response

Strategies for Inclusive Planning in Emergency Response

Tips – Effectively Communicating Whole Community Disasters

Assembly Bill 477 Planning Guidance

Cal OES - Best Practices for Stakeholder Inclusion

​Earthquake Preparedness Videos



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