Access and Functional Needs
The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) includes an Access and Functional Needs (AFN) resources, including a coordinator and future regional planning staff. The AFN coordinator is a partner and resource to promote and strengthen inclusive, whole community planning in Colorado
The purpose of AFN coordinator is to be a partner and resource to support state and local emergency management to identify the needs of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during and after disasters in order to integrate a whole community inclusion approach for overall emergency management. The AFN coordinator utilizes a whole community approach by offering training and guidance to emergency managers and planners, disability advocates and other service providers responsible for planning for, responding to and helping communities recover from disasters.
Sadie Martinez, DHSEM Access and Functional Needs Coordinator