Families often get split up when there is an emergency– but they shouldn’t have to split up at a shelter.  ADHS, along with the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council and other partners, found a way to reduce that problem.  Using CDC grant funds, we purchased special equipment that will let people with functional needs stay in any emergency shelter.  The state now has a cache of special beds, chairs and health care supplies that will let folks who live on their own at other times, stay in a regular shelter and not have to go to a hospital or other facility.  Two benefits – they get to stay with family and friends and our health care facilities are able to tend to those hurt in a disaster.