Community Access Center Continues to Expand Its Services

The Community Access Center in Menifee has worked with State and County officials to establish a team of trained government and non-government personnel ready to respond and to work in emergency shelters.

The team is referred to as a Functional Assessment and Support Team (FAST). The FAST members must be able to work under stressful conditions for long hours. FAST will work with emergency response personnel to conduct assessments of people with disabilities in emergency shelters as well as assist in facilitating the process of getting resources needed by people with disabilities.

The Menifee Community Access Center provided six trained and credentialed employees to assist in an emergency evacuation shelter in March when a large statewide disaster response exercise was held at the Perris Fairgrounds. An emergency evacuation shelter was set up and operated. Five California counties participated in this exercise by sending their response teams to the drill.

This may be the first time in the state when a team of volunteers trained to deal with disability issues in an evacuation shelter was officially deployed.

Fast members must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to work in their area of specialty, as well as a minimum of two years experience working with and assessing the needs of people with disabilities. All FAST members will be subject to a background check prior to being credentialed as a FAST member.

The organization will have its 8th annual Wheelchair Basketball Fundraiser this Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m. in the air conditioned gym at Poly High School, located at 5450 Victoria Avenue in Riverside. This year's game will feature the Riverside Fire Fighters vs. PossAbilities: The Rolling Bears.

Tickets cost $5. Please contact Sarah or Karter for information at 951-274-0358. Fax is 951-274-0833 and email is


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