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Preparedness for Functional Needs

Functional Need Populations imageFor the purposes of preparedness in Montana public health, functional need populations are those sometimes referred to as at-risk or special needs. These people are considered to have critical functional health needs beyond their normal capability to maintain for themselves during an emergency.

Montana has many organizations that can serve functional need populations during an emergency or crisis event. Coordination and planning for preparedness for these populations, and the organizations that serve them, is needed at the community level. Local and tribal health departments are often the entities most looked toward for guidance or referral.

Coordination during a crisis is a high priority to make response and recovery efficient and effective and is a shared responsibility of all partners involved. Local and tribal health departments foster those partnerships with organizations that serve the functional need populations within their community.


FEMA Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
AARP Dealing with Disaster
Building Community Resilience for Children and Families
Red Cross Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Public Health Preparedness and Response for At-Risk Populations

Emergency Preparedness Tools

Individual Preparedness Checklist
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness
Family Health Information Sheet


Montana Disability & Health Program
Support & Techniques for Empowering People
Montana Independent Living Project Inc. (MILP)
Emergency Preparedness and Response SNAPS
Health Emergency Privacy
Montana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
Disability.gov Emergency Preparedness
Ready.gov for People with Functional Needs

To contact the DPHHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Training
Phone: 1-406-444-0919
Email: dphhsphep@mt.gov