Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Preparedness Tip of the Week: Blind Dating Don'ts

You don't want to go blindly into a disaster. As you should know by now - make a plan, get supplies and find a contact.

But once you are prepared and ready for anything, don't forget about it. Set a date - every six months - to update your plan, review your numbers and check your supplies to make sure nothing has gone bad, expired or changed.

It is also a good idea to have a household fire, tornado or other disaster drill. If you have kids, turn it into an adventure. If you don't, you can still have fun with it. You can pretend you are a superhero. With a big superhero cape. It's OK, you can rock it. I won't tell.

In the meantime, while you wait anxiously to pull your superhero cape from a small corner of your closet, you can run down to your local American Red Cross and take a disaster training class. Becoming a disaster volunteer is the lifeblood of our organization. The classes include:
  • Disaster action team workshop
  • Client casework: Providing emergency assistance
  • Disaster assessment
  • Supervision on a disaster assignment
  • Mass care: overview
  • Shelter operations
  • Shelter simulations
  • Logistics overview
  • Logistics simulation
  • Public affairs overview
  • Public affairs: The local response
  • Psychological first aid
  • Serving people with disabilities
  • Foundations of disaster mental health
  • Health services response workshop
  • In kind disaster response workshop
  • Supervision in disaster
  • Collaborating to ensure effective service delivery
  • Emergency operations
  • Command center liaison
  • Disaster instructor specialty training

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