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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Disaster Preparedness for Family Caregivers Webinar

Webinar held on April 16, 2014. Co-sponsored by HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and HHS Administration for Community Living.



This webinar provides information for those who assist family caregivers in planning for emergencies and disasters. It includes guidance and examples for informing family caregivers on keeping themselves and their loved ones safe in a disaster or emergency by developing personal preparedness plans.  The video includes a brief introduction to preparedness planning for family caregivers and the role of HHS in supporting at-risk individuals and family caregivers.  Subject-matter experts (SMEs) provide presentations that described the role of caregiving across the lifespan including:

  • Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy: Challenges of Sheltering in Place for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs including Autism
  • Supporting Older Americans who are Medically Fragile
  • Lessons Learned from 9/11, Katrina, and Sandy for Persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

The webinar covers crosscutting issues for family caregiver preparedness including key considerations for family members in creating a preparedness plans, connecting to community resources, advocating for family members needs and interests, participating in community planning activities, creating opportunities for whole community engagement, building community resilience, and initiating relationships and partnerships in advance of an emergency or disaster.



  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
  • FEMA and American Red Cross
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • FEMA and U.S. Fire Administration
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
    • (2013): is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.
  • National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio All Hazards
    • NWR for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2011): The material provided in this document is general information on how you can use NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) as an alerting tool for the deaf and hard of hearing. This is not an all-inclusive listing of how the system can be used, what products are available or an endorsement of any product listed here.

Older Adults


Culture & Linguistic Diversity

  • HHS
    • Refugee Health Information Network (2007): A database of quality multilingual, public health resources for those providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.  Resources include health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos), provider tools (including information on refugee populations and cultures), and links to related Web sites.
    • Emergency Resources for Other Languages (2011): This webpage contains flyers, brochures, tri-folds, press releases and public service announcements tailored to provide disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation information. The purpose of these webpages is to help people with limited English proficiency levels to receive important life-sustaining and life-saving information when disasters strike.
  • National Language Service Corps
    • Translation services (2013) Exit Icon: The NLSC is a readily available group of language volunteers who provide supplemental language resources to U.S. federal agencies.
  • Healthy Roads Media
    • Translated Material: Emergencies (2012) Exit Icon: This site contains health education materials in a number of languages and a variety of formats. They are being developed to provide health information for diverse populations in a variety of settings.


Women and Gender

Chronic Medical Disorders

  • This page last reviewed: September 08, 2020