Disaster Preparedness should include Survival Training
Its important to make survival training part of your disaster preparedness planning.
Below you will find different organizations that provide a variety of training opportunities; local and online courses (some are free) and locations that provide authentic wilderness training courses.
Disaster Relief & Preparing Places Of Refuge Training
Crisis Response International: This is a non-profit organization which trains and mobilizes individuals all over the world to respond to emergencies of all kinds. They go beyond the simple first aid skills training to define and establish entire frameworks within which disaster response efforts can take place on a large-scale or a smaller-scale depending upon the needs of the region effected. Crisis International gives volunteers the information they need so that they are prepared to respond to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will arise in the midst of any kind of catastrophic event. You can check out their site for details about when they offer specific training events and when they are reaching out to disaster-stricken areas.
Local & Community Training Opportunities
The American Red Cross offers first aid, CPR and AED programs which are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. They offer additional training in bloodborne pathogens, oxygen administration and injury prevention - all of which are designed to prepare you to prevent and respond to life-threatening emergencies. Classes can be scheduled at your facility or your American Red Cross chapter at a time that works for you - day, evenings and weekends.
Community Emergency Response Team - C.E.R.T.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
"Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams", IS-317, is an independent study course which serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. There are six modules in all. Topics include:
- Introduction to CERT
- Fire Safety
- Hazardous Material
- Terrorist Incidents
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Search and Rescue
The on-line course takes between six and eight hours to complete and you will receive a certificate of completion which you can print on your own printer.
If you want to become an actual CERT volunteer, you will still need to take a class from a local emergency manager. This on-line class is not a replacement for the hands-on training. Being a a trained CERT volunteer is awesome and I highly recommend it. It will help you become better prepared for your own personal circumstances as well as being able to help your neighbors and community, too.
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Online Survival Courses
The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD)online Course Catalog provides searchable, integrated information on courses provided or managed by FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and National Training and Education Division (NTED).
The National Center for Disaster Preparedness' particular areas of interest include readiness of the health and public health systems, health workforce and citizen readiness, disaster communications, national preparedness benchmarks and the needs of special populations. They offer Disaster Preparedness Online courses for free, competency based online public health courses, training materials and resources are offered by Columbia University.