C-MIST Framework for Identifying Needs

The “C-MIST” framework is a tool for identifying the functional needs of people with disabilities or who have access and functional needs before, during, and after a disaster. C-MIST—originally developed by June Isaacson Kailes—is the acronym for:


Maintaining Health


Safety, Support Services, and Self-Determination; and


Physical and programmatic access, auxiliary aids and services, integration, and effective communication are often enough to enable individuals to maintain their health, safety, and independence in an emergency or disaster situation.

Select this link to learn more about the C-MIST framework.

Select this link to read more about individuals' additional needs in these functional areas.
Five images in a collage: Computer monitor displaying text reading software; Nurse; Disaster survivor in front of accessible trailer; Guide dog; Man using a wheelchair lift onto a bus