Emergency Preparedness

Taking care of someone you care about can be one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. It can also be one of the most difficult jobs you will ever have – especially when you are facing an emergency in your home or a disaster in your community.

Disaster Preparedness for Caregivers

Take Control in 1, 2, 3: Disaster Preparedness Guide for Caregivers is a comprehensive document with resources, strategies, and guidance to help the nearly 53 million Americans caring for someone older, ill, or disabled to prepare themselves and their care recipients for the next disaster. We collaborated with FEMA to create this guide, with members from our 4Kinds Network providing direct input and feedback to ensure this document is practical for caregivers of all types across the country.

This guide is intended to help caregivers learn about disaster preparedness and identify the unique needs of their care recipient, and how they might change during a disaster. The guide features tailored recommendations for caregivers who can plan with their care recipients, caregivers and their support networks, and solo caregivers.

Prepared Military Caregivers

We recognize that military caregivers often have unique needs as a result of their service member’s wounds of war. That is especially true in times of disaster. In response, we partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to developed a toolkit to support caregivers of Veterans and the unique challenges they may face in times of disaster. 

We know that every caregiver and Veteran is different and has unique needs when preparing for disasters. This toolkit is designed to be fully customizable so that you can personalize your disaster plan to best fit your needs. It will walk you through every step of your emergency preparedness plan, including what to do ahead of time, how to handle the mental and physical health of you and your Veteran during disasters, and how to connect with important resources to help in your recovery from disasters. 

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