1. * The Role of OAFN

Overview: Understanding Evacuation and Transportation for People with Access and Functional Needs

The Role of OAFN

In January 2008, the State of California’s Office for Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) (link will open new window) was created. The purpose of OAFN is to identify the needs of people with access and functional needs before, during and after a disaster and to integrate their needs and resources into all aspects of emergency management planning and systems.

According to the U.S. Census of 2000, there are approximately six million Californians over the age of five years who identify themselves as having an access or functional need. OAFN – under the leadership of Richard Devylder (link will open new window) as Special Advisor to the Secretary – was created to strengthen the method and planning of emergency management for people with access and functional needs.