The Baltimore Urban Area Work Group (UAWG) Functional Needs & Citizen Involvement Subcommittee Functional Needs Project

About the Project:

The Baltimore Urban Area Work Group (UAWG) Functional Needs & Citizen Involvement Subcommittee contracted with the University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security (CHHS) to improve inclusive emergency preparedness for people with functional needs in the seven jurisdictions of the Baltimore UASI, which includes the Cities of Annapolis and Baltimore, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties. 

People with functional needs are individuals who may need additional assistance during an emergency or disaster in order to maintain their independence, and may include people with disabilities, people with temporary needs due to an injury, individuals with chronic medical conditions, older adults, children, those who have limited English proficiency or are non-English speaking, people who are homeless, or people who lack access to transportation.  

Upcoming Events:

  • Panel Discussion: CHHS invites the community to attend a Panel Discussion on September 13th, the purpose of which is to allow emergency managers to provide an opportunity for discussion to allow them to share emergency preparedness and planning information with the functional needs community, and to allow the community to ask them questions and share their perspectives on preparedness.

    To learn more about the Panel or to register to attend the Panel, please visit:

    *The facility will be accessible to individuals who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices.  If you need other accommodations to participate, have any questions about participating, or if you need this information in an alternative format, please contact Elizabeth Webster (410-706-5718 or

    **Light refreshments will be served.

  • Individual and Provider Preparedness Trainings: This fall, CHHS will be hosting several free trainings focusing on individual preparedness and provider preparedness, with the goal of helping participants to develop a personal or organizational preparedness plan. 

    *Check back for more information.  


Resources (see Attachments below):

The “Path to Disaster Readiness Guides” are included below. Available languages include English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Russian. CHHS is working on updated versions of the Guides that are more focused on the needs of people with functional needs, and these will be available soon.

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