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Disaster Response and Disabilities Training Event

posted Mar 1, 2016, 11:17 AM by MPFPD CERT   [ updated Mar 1, 2016, 11:18 AM ]
On April 25 & 26th, the County of San Mateo will host a two-day training to build our Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST).

FAST members consist of trained government and non-government personnel who have experience working with individuals that have disabilities and/or access and functional needs. FAST members can be requested in the event of a disaster to deploy to a shelter to conduct assessments of shelter residents with specific needs. FAST members help todevelop and implement reasonable accommodations and generate resource requests for equipment that will allow shelter residents with disabilities and/or access and functional needs to remain in a general population shelter.

Please review the qualifications for FAST training before enrolling:

FAST members must possess the ability, skills and knowledge working with people with disabilities and/or access and functional needs. A FAST member should also have a minimum of two years working experience in one or more of the below identified areas.
  • FAST consists of members with experience in the following areas:
  • Aging (services/support, including dietary needs)
  • Mental health disabilities
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Physical disabilities
  • Developmental and other cognitive disabilities (i.e. Traumatic Brain Injury, Intellectual) 
  • Substance abuse
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Blind or Visually Impaired
Additional Information:
Background Check: To become a FAST member, you must be able to pass a background check administered by the County of San Mateo. The background check will be administered after the training is completed.

Training Accommodations: Please email Trisha Howard, tahoward@smcgov.org, if accommodations, such as ASL interpreters or large-type printed materials, are needed to better support your learning experience. A microphone and speaker will be used during the training.

Location of Training:

San Carlos Library

The San Carlos Library is located two blocks from Downtown San Carlos, where local restaurants and cafes provide various lunch options for training participants.

Parking: Free parking is available at the City of San Carlos underground parking complex on a first come, first serve basis. Please make every effort to carpool, as free parking is limited.

Enrollment and Attendance: Please enroll early and email Trisha Howard, tahoward@smcgov.org, if you are unable to attend. The course is in high demand and only a limited number of seats will be available. Attendance to both training days is a requirement for completion of FAST training. Training on both days is from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Government and non-Government agencies located outside of San Mateo County will not be able to enroll in the course until after April 15th.

Training Prerequisites: Completion of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) course IS 700 and IS 800 is highly recommended before taking the FAST training course so that participants have some familiarity with emergency management terminology and acronyms. The classes are free and available to take on-line at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp.

WHEN - Monday, April 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 5:00 PM (PDT) Add to Calendar
WHERE - San Carlos Library - 610 Elm Street San Carlos, CA 94070 - View Map