GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Child care agencies, senior living services, domestic violence shelters, foster care group homes and other caregivers are invited to attend a series of free workshops on disaster and recovery planning.
The Caregivers’ Workshop: Disaster and Recovery Planning for Social Services Agencies will be conducted in Spanish and is open to non-profit or for-profit agencies with 25 or fewer employees.
These agencies provide a critical benefit and support to their communities, especially in the aftermath of a disaster. As such, it is important for them to have access to all relevant information and logistics to develop comprehensive disaster plans.
Hurricanes Irma and María struck Puerto Rico within two weeks of each other last September, and survivors’ recovery from their impact still continues. With the start of the hurricane season, being prepared is the most important advice in disaster planning.
The workshops will help these agencies revise or develop their emergency operations plan and continue operating while supporting the emotional needs of their staff and clients after a disaster.
Some of the topics are disaster planning basics, individual and staff preparedness, mental health preparedness, recovery planning basics and continuity of operations basics.
Following the workshop, participants are invited to attend a three-hour technical assistance session with disaster planning experts.
The workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at different locations across the island:
June 14 and 15: Bayamón
June 18: Arecibo
June 19: Aguadilla
June 20 and 21: Caguas
June 22: Vieques
June 25: Mayagüez
June 26 and 27: Ponce
Those interested can register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Cuidador. The specific locations for the workshops will be sent to registrants as soon as they have completed registration.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.
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