Washington State Emergency Management Division

MGT-403 Response Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs in Rural America

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This class is full. You will be added to the waitlist.

Course Description

This eight-hour course is designed to educate participants on the planning efforts needed ensure the safety of those with functional needs, particularly those housed in assisted-living facilities and nursing homes during a crisis event. Because of their restrictions and gaps in community support, rural people with functional needs are at greater risk of injury and death during a crisis event than those living in suburban and urban areas. These people require specialized care, transportation, shelter, and medical needs that must be considered before the crisis occurs. This tuition free course will expose participants to the benefits of developing comprehensive emergency response plans for those most vulnerable during a crisis — the elderly and children, anyone with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities, and anyone from a minority culture.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:


  • Identify the concepts of NIMS, the Emergency Management Cycle, Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), and PS-Prep™ and recognize the applicability of this course to the functions of their
  • Formulate roles and responsibilities for the evacuation and sheltering of people with access and functional needs.
  • Examine private/public partnerships that enable response efforts.
  • Explore response barriers and examine outreach tactics and strategies as they relate to people with access and functional needs living independently.
  • Develop community level strategies designed to integrate responding to access and functional needs into existing programs.
  • Examine additional matters (medical, safety, security, financial, service dogs, and pet care) as they relate to planning for access and functional needs populations in rural communities.
  • Develop planning and response strategies tailored to the needs people with access and functional needs and their care providers.





  • IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) [Any Version]
  • IS-368: Including People w/Disabilities and Others w/Access and Functional Needs in Disaster Operations
  • IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents [Any Version]


To access FEMA's Independent Study Courses, please follow this link: FEMA IS Courses

Target Audience

The course target audience is emergency responders, city government officials, county government officials, state government officials, non-governmental agencies, community leaders, health professionals, volunteers, local community groups, business and corporations with local presence, professionals from retirement, nursing, and assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities.

Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 8


Skagit County DEM
2911 E. College Way
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
Click here for directions

Course Manager

Course Host

Vickie Fontaine


Phone: (360) 416-1860


Course Manager

Damaris Deschner Li


Phone: (253) 512-7049