Supporting shelter residents with access and functional needs requires proper planning pre-incident and proper coordination during the incident. Functional Assessment Service Teams provide a system for assessing people with access and functional needs when they enter the reception center or shelter and helping them get what they need to safely stay there.
The FAST initiative is modeled after systems developed by the State of California and currently being adopted in other states across the nation. It is similar to the Milwaukee County Forward Assessment Team (FAsT) model and to Waukesha County’s Functional Access Shelter Advanced Group (FASaG). The impetus for adopting this model statewide emerged from comprehensive regional planning activities taking place in the Western Wisconsin Public Health Consortium.
A FAST is a team of 2-8 trained members that:
American Red Cross: Badger & Southeast WI Chapters
Department of Health Services:
Division of Long-Term Care
Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Division of Public Health
Milwaukee County Emergency Management
Waukesha Health & Human Services Department
Western Wisconsin Public Health Consortium
Wisconsin Emergency Management
Wisconsin Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster