Tips for Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS)

Tips for Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS)

Those needing assistance in evacuating should contact their local campus police office or advisor before the start of class so arrangements for evacuation can be made ahead of time. Also, please visit our LSC Disability Services webpage for more information. 
Preparation, which includes practice, is the key to success in dealing with a disaster. Preparation
is an ongoing process. Keep in mind that the usual means of support and assistance may not be available during or after an emergency.


Harris County and City of Houston Preparedness and Safety Videos

FEMA Be Informed Video [Open and closed captions, certified deaf interpreter (CDI), and open captions with CDI]


People with Visual Disabilities

  • If you use a cane, keep a spare cane with you to help you maneuver around obstacles and hazards.
  • Service animals may become confused, panicked, frightened, or disoriented during and after an emergency. Keep them securely leashed, harnessed, or confined. Be prepared to use alternate ways to negotiate your environment.
  • Ask to have the television and displays of news announced slowly and repeated frequently for those who cannot read the screen.

People with Hearing Disabilities

People with Mobility Disabilities

  • Store needed mobility aids (canes, crutches, walkers, wheel chairs) close to you.
  • Keep a pair of heavy gloves with you to use while wheeling or making your way over glass or debris.
  • If you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter, consider having an extra battery available.
  • If your chair does not have puncture proof tires, keep a patch kit or can of “seal-in-air product” for repairs.
  • If you spend time above the first floor of a building, plan and practice using alternative methods of evacuation. Enlist the help of a buddy.
  • If you cannot use stairs, discuss lifting and carrying techniques that work for you.
  • It is important to discuss the safest way to transport you if you need to be carried, alert helpers of any areas of vulnerability.

People with Medical Needs

  • Maintain a list of all of your medications: name of medication, dose, frequency, and the name of the prescribing doctor.
  • Keep an extra day supply of any medical supplies you need.
  • If you use oxygen, maintain an emergency supply (enough for at least a day).
  • Keep an emergency bag packed at all times that contains your medication list, medical supplies, and copies of vital medical papers.

Helping Children on Campus

  • Stress safety in damaged areas, i.e., nails, power wires, snakes, etc.
  • Talk with children about how they are feeling. Assure them that it is OK to have those feelings.
  • Children should not be expected to be brave or tough. Tell them it is OK to cry.
  • Do NOT give children more information than they need or can handle about an emergency event.
  • Assure fearful children you will be there to care for them until other help arrives.
  • Reassure children that the disaster was not their fault.
  • Re-establish contact with extended family as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • For more tips to help children, go to

External Resources

If you know you will need assistance to evacuate during an emergency, please register by calling X5911 or 281.290.5911.
Register before a disaster actually occurs. X5911 services are available 24 hours a day to assist you.


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