ASTM WK40632

    New Guide for Emergency Preparedness for Caregivers of Persons With Disabilities and Functional Needs

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E54.02 | Committee E54 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    This standard guide sets forth an approach for private and/or public sector leadership to adopt in organizing and training caregivers of persons with disabilities and those with functional needs for emergencies and disasters. It contemplates several successive efforts to raise public awareness of potential emergencies, and to provide initial training to selected (train the future trainers) caregivers in emergency preparedness that will compliment efforts of the local EMA/OEM, first responders, CERT Members and FEMA Corps members.

    Persons with disabilities and those with functional needs often rely on caregivers for varying levels of support and assistance depending on the nature and severity of their respective disability or functional need. When disaster strikes, this need continues, necessitating that caregivers maintain a capability to provide the needed support and assistance. This standard guide sets forth a training program for communities to use that will improve the culpability of caregivers to carry out their responsibilities in times of emergencies and disasters.


    Caregiver community; phased training; community risk management; pro-active mindset for preparedness; community resilience; training and awareness curriculum.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

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    Technical Contact:
    Russell Salter


    E54.02 (14-01)

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