CHW Family Emergency Preparedness

Community Health Workers – Family Emergency Preparedness (English and Spanish)

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Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property. Promotores can help families understand the importance of preparing in advance for emergencies by following the topics covered in this training. This course has been designed to be self-directed and should not take more than one hour to complete.


CEUs: 3 contact hours (0.3 Community Health Worker CEUs) certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services awarded upon successful completion



By the end of Family Emergency Preparedness training, the learner will be able to:

Module 1: How to be Informed in Disasters

    • Describe basic preparedness
    • List the different types of hazards
    • Explain warning systems and signals
    • List evacuation guidelines

 Module 2: Developing a Family Plan for Disasters

    • Identify what should be included in a family disaster plan
    • Explain how to manage special needs
    • List the steps on how to care for pets and large animals
    • Describe the process to develop a family plan

 Module 3: Assembling a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

    • List the components that go into a disaster cupplies kit
    • Describe how to store a disaster supplies kit
    • Explain how to maintain a disaster supplies kit

Module 4: Sheltering Your Family

    • List the types of shelters available
    • Describe how to manage water supplies
    • Define how to manage food supplies
    • Explain how to manage without power



Capability 1: Community Preparedness

Function 2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness

Function 3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks

Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation systems



Model Leadership

1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures

Plan for and Improve Practice

3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans

3.3 Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws and workforce training).

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