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Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

Learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from
climate-related emergencies

Format: Real-time learning led by instructors

Length: 6 courses / 6 weeks / 18 hours / 3 hours per class

Languages offered: English, Spanish, Armenian, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Vietnamese

Eligibility: Must be IHSS provider in California

Offered through Career Pathways Program


Offered as a multi-week program in Los Angeles County, Alameda County, and San Bernardino


Here’s what you will learn:

Course 1: Climate Change and its Connection to Care

In this course, you will learn the roles and responsibilities of caregivers. In addition, you will be introduced to five enhanced roles of the caregiver on the care team – monitor, coach, communicator, navigator, and care aide; as well as four key skills while support role enhancement – observe, monitor, document, and report. Methods of identifying health plan information and appropriate documentation and reporting of consumer behavior changes will also be discussed.

Course 2: Vulnerability, Disproportionate Impact, and Environmental Justice

This course will explain social determinants of health and identify communities that have greater vulnerability to climate impacts. Exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity as predictors of vulnerability will be covered. The course will conclude with a discussion on environmental justice.

Course 3: Community Resilience and Emergency Planning

This course discusses community resilience and how it contributes to climate adaptation. Emergency preparedness will be examined, including identifying local resources and integrating individuals with access and functional needs into emergency plans. Emergency preparedness will be further explored in this unit by identifying which items should be included in emergency kits and the types of “go kits” that are needed to support  individuals, including those with disabilities, during climate-related emergencies.

Course 4: Protective Actions for Climate Related Emergencies

This course will discuss protective actions that should be taken during climate-related emergencies and how to prevent and address injuries related to extreme heat exposure. You will also learn proper techniques that help move someone who is unable to walk due to injury or ability, or is bed-bound, during a climate-related emergency.

Course 5: Responding to Climate Related Emergencies and Communication

This course will discuss how to Identify the physical and psychological signs of trauma. You will also learn ways to manage the emotional impact of traumatic climate-related emergencies and how to apply person-centered concepts and skills that support survivors of trauma. We will review secondary trauma and self-care strategies to enhance caregiver’s own resilience along with demonstrating the proper use of reflective listening.

Course 6: Post-Climate Related Emergency Trauma

This course will discuss strategies, using a resiliency framework, to expand IHSS workers’ skills in their roles as essential workers and first responders during emergencies and climate-driven disasters. The goal will be preparing IHSS workers with the skills and specialized training to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, in their capacity and specific role as both essential workers and first responders on behalf of those in their care that reside in high pollution communities.

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