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Integrating the Whole Community

Including People with Disabilities & Access/Functional Needs

A wheel image defining the Whole Community / National Incident Management System (NIMS) disaster preparation process, including: Identifying & Assessing Risk, Estimating Capability Requirements, Building & Sustaining Capabilities, Planning to Deliver Capabilities, Validating Capabilities, and Reviewing & Updating


Los Angeles is committed to understanding and meeting the needs of the "Whole Community" . . .  before, during, and after a disaster.

As a disaster service worker (DSW), you will be providing assistance to people in need and may encounter a variety of individuals -- including some with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

The following resources are meant to provide you with some guidelines, videos, and tips to better interact and communicate with individuals from the Whole Community: