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SCAHRM July 7th Webinar

July 7, 2020 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Access and Functional Needs Disaster Risk Assessment

Steven Storbakken, L. Vance Taylor, and Kevin Muszynski
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

“Access and Functional Needs” is a term developed by FEMA, referring to those individuals who may need additional assistance before, during and after an emergency event, in areas including maintaining independence, communication, transportation, supervision and medical care. FEMA has estimated that 40 to 50% of the nation’s population, some 150 million individuals, has one or more AFN requirements.

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, (PVHMC), a 412 bed Level II Trauma Center in Northeastern Los Angeles County, partnered with the California Office of Emergency Services, (Cal/OES), in 2016 to develop an AFN Disaster program. An AFN Task Force was created, composed of experts in the field including hospital emergency managers, clinicians, and organizational and agency leaders.  Core to the project is an extensive AFN Disaster Risk Assessment that considers the unique needs of over 60 different AFN communities across 3 categories:

  • Medical Issues (Chronic Conditions; Physical Disabilities and Psychological Disorders; Dependencies on Medications, Medical Services and Equipment; Significant Injury/Illness; and Pregnancy)
  • Cultural, Ethnic, Religious and Socioeconomic Needs and Restrictions
  • Age-related Issues (all Minors and most Older Adults)

The risk assessment evaluates each AFN community’s likelihood of need (based upon size, susceptibility and historical data), the potential for disproportionate harm caused by escalating emergency events, and the hospital’s AFN resources across 10 specific areas.  Use of this tool enables any healthcare provider organization to assess its current level of AFN disaster preparedness, and to identify opportunities for improvement in meeting the unique needs of the vulnerable populations it serves.


Credit:  This program qualifies for 1.0 hour continuing education for BRN and ASHRM/CPHRM.  MCLE credit is pending.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10552, for 1.0 contact hour.

This meeting has been approved for a total of 1.0 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.

About the Speakers:

Steven Storbakken, KM6RWC, MBA, CHEP, CHSP, CHEM, CHPA, HACP, CHPP: Updated IAHSS Basic Security Officer Training Manual’s Emergency Management Chapter. Member of Frontiers in Medicine Editorial Review Panel, Emergency Management Section. Presented twice at IPRED in Israel. Presented for the TJC, IAEM, CHA, ASHE and the NDMS and International Earthquake Conferences on multiple occasions. Over 20+ year Red Cross volunteer, Chairmen for Los Angeles (Disaster) and Glendale (Board/Disaster) Chapters. Founding member of the “Shakeout” Team. Facilitator of Active Shooter Simulations with the Hospital Associate of Southern California. MBA – Delta MU Delta Honor Society member – from the UOP, undergraduate degree from ULV. Certified in Hospital Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Safety, Protection Administration, and Hospital Regulatory Compliance.  Recipient of Providence’s Stewardship, Red Cross’s Volunteer of the Year, State Golden Bear and Cornwell awards, and California Institute of Technology’s Shoemaker Awards (Shakeout).

L. Vance Taylor is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access and functional needs are identified before, during and after disasters and integrated within the state’s emergency management systems.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vance was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child and uses a power chair.  He has worked in Washington, D.C. as an advisor for two different members of Congress, directed security policy at a national association and been a principal at a top-ranked homeland security and emergency management consulting firm, Catalyst Partners, LLC.  Vance is a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for individuals with disabilities.

Vance has a Master’s degree in homeland security from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in communications. He is married to his sweetheart, Casey, and they have two beautiful daughters, Isabelle and Sammy.

Kevin Muszynski has worked in healthcare facilities management as a director and district manager for the last 40 years; his experience includes responsibility for a variety of non-clinical departments in hundreds of healthcare facilities across the country, both public and private sector, urban and rural areas, union and non-union, in buildings ranging in size from 25 to 1000+ beds. In 2009, Kevin was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis, and has battled a number of serious complications since. He transitioned to a new career in hospital emergency management in 2014, and has become a dedicated member of our AFN Task Force.





July 7, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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