Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST)

People with access and functional needs can (and must) be accommodated in general population emergency shelters when given the proper support. Meeting the needs of people with access and functional needs requires proper planning pre-incident and proper coordination during the incident. Functional Assessment Service Teams (FASTs) will help assess people with access and functional needs and assist them by getting what they need to stay in a shelter.

FAST in Pierce County


Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, in conjunction with Pierce County Community Connections and TACID (Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities), developed a FAST pilot program to expand the California model. This will move Washington one step closer to FEMA's concept of Whole Community by integrating people with access and functional needs into general emergency shelters.

Upcoming Trainings


New Member trainings are held twice a year at the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center in Tacoma.

2015 New Member Training Flyers
May 27 & 28, 2015
August 18 & 19, 2015 - NEW DATE

2015 Unit Leader Training Flyers
July 22, 2015

Training attendees need to fill out the FAST application one week prior to the scheduled training. Registration Links are provided on the flyers above. If you have any questions, please call Sheri Badger at (253) 798-2204.

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