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Care2Prepare is a project delivered by Carers NSW in partnership with the Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN) and GoCo, aimed at improving household and community resilience and preparedness and reducing the impact of flood and bushfire.

It will focus on increasing the integration and inclusivity of disaster responses for people living with disability, older people and family and friend carers in the Central Coast, Shoalhaven and Gunnedah.

Care2Prepare received grant funding through the Australian Government Preparing Australian Communities - Local Stream grant and will be delivered from June 2022 to March 2025.

Why this project is needed

People living with disability, older people and carers share many common challenges in preparing for and responding to emergencies. For example, they may:

  • Require access to essential medication, equipment, treatment and support that can be cut off during disasters
  • Experience mobility, cognitive or behavioural challenges that affect timely evacuation or safe access to evacuation and recovery centres
  • Experience greater challenges with recovery and re-integration due to socio-economic disadvantage and reliance on formal services
  • Require tailored support to plan for, and navigate, evacuation and recovery
  • Be overlooked in disaster planning and emergency responses

Disaster planning resources

Following the 2019-20 bushfires, Carers NSW consulted with carers and stakeholders to better understand how disasters impact carers and what tools and supports were needed. The resulting suite of disaster planning resources is available to download here.

Carers NSW also recommends the following resources designed specifically to support people living with disability and older people:

  • The Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Toolkit developed by Collaborating4Inclusion - find out more here
  • The "I'm Ok" toolkit developed by PDCN - find out more here
  • The ACT! Emergency readiness discussion tool developed by NSW Meals on Wheels - find out more here

Join the Care2Prepare Pilot Program

We are now inviting participants in the Central Coast, Shoalhaven, and Gunnedah regions to join the Care2Prepare pilot program.

Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the co-design and development of tools to create individualised plans specific needs of carers and the people they support.

By joining the pilot program, you will:

  • receive in person home visits to assist you to identify risks and capabilities and apply specialised disaster preparedness tools
  • create an individualised, person-centred plan to enhance your own preparedness and resilience in the event of disasters
  • play a crucial role in shaping and refining these tools to make them accessible and relevant
  • contribute to increasing the inclusivity of disaster response for carers, people with disabilities, and older individuals.

To register your interest in joining the Care2Prepare pilot program, click below or or contact the Care2prepare team at