Disaster Training

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Disaster Training

Disaster Training courses are offered at various times at the chapter headquarters and at our branch offices. Some disaster classes may be taken online as self-study courses. The courses listed are a sample of the key positions to South Louisiana disaster volunteer response. Current volunteers can find course schedules via the chapter’s Volunteer Connection site. If you are not yet registered as a volunteer, learn more and apply via our volunteer webpages.

Disaster Services: An Overview

This course provides an introduction to Disaster Services and its multiple components at the American Red Cross. The course engages participants through integrated video and interactive activities.

Disaster Action Team Workshop

This workshop will provide guidelines, skills, and resources so that you can provide assistance as a member of a Disaster Action Team usually on local disasters, mostly single family home fires.

Shelter Operations and Simulation

This course is designed to give participants an overview of the American Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. It also provides the opportunity to practice the activities.

Disaster Assessment Basics

This course encompasses the tasks and responsibilities of the Disaster Assessment activity on a disaster relief operation. The course includes a section on local disaster incidents and the local disaster program.

Disaster Frontline Supervisor and Simulation

This course prepares supervisors to lead a team of disaster workers to deliver high quality client service and to create a climate that promotes worker satisfaction. Participants will receive the Disaster Frontline Supervisor Handbook, which provides disaster relief operations supervisors with tools that support their success. The handbook is for use on operations and in the classroom. The simulation provides participants an opportunity to practice key supervisory skills and use the Disaster Frontline Supervisor Handbook as a resource.

Health Services Response Workshop

This course is designed to orient licensed health professionals to the roles and responsibilities of a Health Services volunteer when working on behalf of the American Red Cross to meet the disaster-related health needs of clients. Volunteers must have a current professional license to practice as a CNA, EMT, LPN / LVN, PA, RN or MD.

Foundations of Disaster Mental Health

This course introduces the key concepts, knowledge and skills required of anyone assigned to the Disaster Mental Health (DMH) activity. The course provides participants, who must be currently licensed mental health professionals, the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world examples that reflect challenges experienced by DMH workers, be it on a Disaster Action Team response or serving on a larger disaster relief operation. Volunteers might be social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurse (RN) with psychiatric nursing experience and training, etc.

Collaborating to Ensure Effective Service Delivery / Emergency Operations Center

This course will prepare Red Cross employees and volunteers who will be assigned to government and emergency settings to work collaboratively with Red Cross partners, helping to ensure a coordinated response that result in effective service delivery. Government and emergency management settings are specialized environments where critical operational decisions that support a disaster response are made.

Logistics: An Overview and Simulation

This course is designed to give participants an overview of the Logistics group and the activities associated with it and practice during a simulation. The course consists of lectures and group activities.

Staff Services Workshop

Learn the nuts and bolts of processing in-coming disaster services staff, including the use of the Disaster Relief Operation Management Information System (DROMIS) for spontaneous and local volunteers, the procedures of the disaster staff card, filling out reports and arranging staff lodging accommodations.

Basic Food Safety

Basic Food Safety™ from Food Handler introduces the principles of safe food handling. It is divided into four segments and uses video, photographs, Flash animations, an extensive food safety-related glossary and remediation questions to build a comprehensive knowledge base. The program concludes with a graded quiz and personalized printable certificate of achievement.