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FAST Monthly Sustainment Trainings

Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST)
FASTs are teams of trained social service professionals ready to respond to work in disaster shelters to assist people with access and functional needs in getting what they need to remain in shelters. FAST members work with shelter personnel to conduct assessments for people with access and functional needs in both Community and Red Cross Shelters.

Monthly Meetings

FAST Members attend monthly sustainment trainings. Each training focuses on a different social service discipline, program, or resource. The purpose of these meetings is to give members an overview of disciplines outside their expertise. Subject matter experts are invited to speak about the disciplines they serve and provide potential resources FAST members can utilize while deployed.

This cross-discipline training model strengthens the FAST team and better prepares the team to respond to disaster emergency shelters.

Monthly Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday of Every Month from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center.  A call in option is available for those unable to attend in person. 
Please contact Nicole Johnson,  to make arraignments.  

2015 Training Schedule (subject to change)

Past Monthly Trainings

2015 Trainings
Infectious Disease Awareness - Norma Pancake, EMS Coordinator
Communication Challenges LEP - Anna Owen, Pierce County Community Connections
Disaster Supports for Autistic People - Diana Stadden, The ARC of Washington & Ivanova Smith, Self Advocate
Other Response Teams - Amy Alison, Associated Ministries & Jim Price, TPCHD Medical Reserve Corps
Cultural Competency - Therese Quinn - Snohomish County Medical Reserve Corps
Resource Request Process - Pierce County Emergency Management
Critical Incident Stress Management - Sherrie Pantle, Washington Community Chaplains Corps

2014 Trainings
Domestic Violence - Susan Adams, Crystal Judson Family Justice Center
Catholic Community Services - Penny Grellier
Administration for Children and Families - Lewissa Swanson
Disability Integration - Danielle Bailey, FEMA Region 10
Resource Request Process
Personal Preparedness - Peggy LovellFord, Pierce County Dept. of Emergency Management
Obesity and Related Medical Conditions - Denise Porter, Pierce County Community Connections

2013 Trainings
Chemical Dependency - Hae Man Song, Pierce County Community Connections 
Chronic Health Issues - Denise Porter, Pierce County Community Connections
Developmental Disabilities - Daniel Gross, Pierce County Community Connections
Low Vision/Blindness -  Hongda Sao, Pierce County Community Connections
People Experiencing Homelessness - Jim Anderson, Catholic Community Services
Physical Disabilities - Todd Holloway, Center For Independence

2012 Trainings
Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Christine Seymour, CS-DHHRS
Mental Health Triaging -  Scott Larson, Multicare
Issues on Aging - Serina Crisostomo, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
Physical Disabilities - Todd Holloway, Center for Independence