Shelter FNSS

Course Description:
This 4-hour course provides an overview of Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) for general population shelters, referencing FEMA’s Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Shelters, as well as other sources. The course provides an awareness-level overview for trained shelter staff in the basic shelter operations concepts related to the provision of FNSS that general shelter line level workers and supervisors may encounter during shelter operations. Provision of FNSS enables individuals to maintain their independence in a general population shelter. Individuals requiring FNSS may have physical, sensory, mental health, and cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities affecting their ability to function independently without assistance. Others that may benefit from FNSS include women in later stages of pregnancy, elders, children, and people needing bariatric equipment.  

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Complete the pre-assessment and explain the purpose of the course
  2. Define FNSS and discuss the importance of the provision of FNSS in a shelter
  3. Summarize core non-discrimination principles
  4. Describe means of incorporating FNSS considerations in opening a shelter
  5. Describe procedures for transitioning shelter residents out of the shelter
  6. Summarize the key messages of the course and complete the post assessment

Target Audience:
General population shelter operations personnel, to include but not limited to: Shelter staff and volunteers assigned by the jurisdiction, Shelter staff managers

Faculty:
Alpa Ladani 
Senior Program Manager, Emergency Planning 
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness 

Mea Allen
Associate Director, Education & Training
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness 

Accreditation:  
This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 4.8 contact hours of nursing continuing education.

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Sanitarians, 255 CMR 5.00 for 4.0 contact hours of continuing education

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Health Officers, 241 CMR 4.00 for 4.8 contact hours of continuing education.

Funding:  
The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training delivery is offered through a contract with the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), with funding from the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program.

The views and opinions expressed and all related documents and course materials do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the  funding page.

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