Functional Needs

Caring For At-Risk Populations

If you or someone in your family has functional or access needs, it is extremely important to plan ahead to stay safe in case of a disaster in McKinney. As you prepare, consider all the strategies, services, devices, tools and techniques that are used to live with a functional or access need every day.

Examples of Individuals With Functional & Access Needs

  • Those without vehicles or a personal mode of transportation
  • Those with visual, hearing, memory or mobility difficulties
  • Single, working parents
  • Those with special dietary needs
  • Those with intellectual disabilities
  • Those that do not speak English

When planning, keep in mind your individual situation. People with functional and access needs are the most knowledgeable about their own needs. No one will have the exact same needs in time of disaster.

Think about including these in your emergency supply kits and plans:

  • Medications: Have 7 to 14 days’ worth of necessary medications on hand at all times
  • Medical equipment and supplies: Keep these in designated areas for easy access
  • Your service animal: Keep extra food and supplies in a kit
  • Communication tools: Have assistive tools such as a whiteboard and marker or notebook if you need help being understood
  • Written descriptions of your needs: Use this or a medical alert tag to describe your support needs in case you are unable to communicate the situation during an emergency
  • Electricity: During an event, there may be no power. Plan for an alternate power source
  • Involve a caretaker throughout the entire process
  • Work with your medical providers, in-home support services and any other service providers to create back-up plans to personalize your responses to any given emergency

More preparedness and planning information for individuals with functional and access needs can be found from and FEMA.