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Course Title: Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers (AWR-308)
Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

Individuals with medical, functional or access needs are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards. Factors such as physical limitations, mental ailments, and medication requirements are issues of concern for caregivers. These specific needs, amongst other considerations for natural hazards, must be addressed in preparedness plans for these at-risk individuals. This course provides  healthcare professionals, emergency medical services, and citizen/community volunteers involved with the care giving of individuals with medical, functional, or access needs with a basic understanding of natural hazards, risk, vulnerability, and disaster preparedness. The course will enable participants to discuss best practices to prepare for the impacts of local natural hazards, identify methods of assisting care receivers to prepare for natural disasters and identify appropriate preparedness actions to take during a disaster.

This course will familiarize participants with the science of natural hazards, best practices associated with personal disaster preparedness, and disaster preparedness considerations for those with access and functional needs. Participants will be introduced to all three categories of hazards, but course instruction will focus on those natural hazards relevant to participants’ local area. Participants will also be introduced to best practices for personal preparedness prior to a disaster and encouraged to discuss plans and actions that they have already taken. Participants will then explore special considerations for disaster preparedness for dependents and those with access and functional needs. Finally, a class activity will be presented to allow participants to test their ability to prepare and react to a natural hazard.

Course Modules:

  • Caregiver Preparedness

  • Care Receiver Preparedness

  • Comprehensive Activity

Target Audience:
  • Emergency Managers

  • General Public

  • Senior Health Care Providers:

    • Family Members

    • Friends

    • Personal Attendants

    • Home Health Agencies

    • In-house services

    • Roommates

    • Medical personnel

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss best practices to prepare for the impacts of local natural hazards
  • Identify methods of assisting care receivers to prepare for natural disasters
  • Identify appropriate preparedness actions to take during a natural disaster
Contact Hours: 4
ASFPM Credits 3.5 Continuing Education Credits
IACET Credits 0.3 Continuing Education Units
IAEM (E) Credits 4.0 Emergency Management Training Credit Hours
Type: Awareness

No prerequisites are required for this course. 



Provider: UH-NDPTC
Delivery Method: Instructor Led. If you are interested in having this course delivered in your area, please contact your State Administrative Agency (SAA) through the FEMA Emergency Management System. Step-by-step instructions are available at:
Max Enrollment: 30 - 40 participants
Test Requirements:
  • Pre-test to be completed PRIOR to the course. Assists to assess familiarity with the course subject material.
  • Post test to be completed at completion of course. To receive a FEMA issued Certificate of Completion, a post test score of at least 70% must be obtained.
Costs: The cost of developing and delivering training is covered by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There is no cost to the individual for taking the course. we do not cover the cost of travel or lodging to attend training.