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Capacity Building

CENTER FOR STATES

Disaster Preparedness

When disasters such as pandemics or hurricanes occur, having the necessary capacity to quickly respond at all levels is crucial for children, families, and staff. These resources can help child welfare agencies build capacity to pivot their practices and policies and efficiently deploy or reallocate needed supports in the event of a disaster.

The Capacity Building Center for States (the Center) helps agencies build capacity to improve child welfare practice and achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families. When disasters such as pandemics or hurricanes occur, having the necessary capacity to quickly respond at all levels is crucial for children, families, and staff.

Select one of the following topics below to access resources that can help child welfare agencies build capacity to pivot their practices and policies and efficiently deploy or reallocate needed resources in the event of a disaster:

Spotlight

PDF

Browse the “Leading Your Agency Through a Disaster” tip sheet to see how common elements of child welfare leadership can be adapted for effective disaster management and an example of action during each phase of disaster management.

Video

Is your team responding to or recovering from a disaster? Are you looking for ways to prepare more effectively in the future? Come together to watch “Rising to the Challenge: Lessons Learned in Responding to Disasters” and hear directly from youth, families, and agencies with lived expertise tackling the immediate crisis of disasters.