Readiness and Resilience Academy

  • Readiness and Resilience Academy

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Registration Information - All courses are FREE and are held at the American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania, 2801 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please RSVP at least four business days before the course by email to Gerry.Travis@RedCross.org or by phone to 412-263-3142. Light refreshments will be provided.

April, May and June 2016 Courses

Introducing a series of courses hosted by the American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania and funded by the United Way of Allegheny County for those interested in emergency preparedness, response and recovery; preparedness education for youth; and Service to Military Families.

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Reconnection Workshops: What We Are Sharing With Our Military Families

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9 a.m. to noon - Reconnection Workshops provide information and strategies on topics requested by service members and families relating to reuniting and reintegrating such as: communication, anger, stress and trauma, children and depression. Open to veterans and individuals who are working with, or related to, military families, this presentation introduces available programming to support this vital population. Length: 3 hours.


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Disaster Assessment Team Leads

Saturday, April 23, 2016 1 to 4 p.m. - When big disasters happen, a first step is to get an assessment of the scope and scale of the disaster. We are developing team leaders who will each lead a disaster assessment team of 6 to 10 volunteers to conduct the street level disaster assessment. Please take our Disaster Assessment Fundamentals course online first and then come to this workshop to learn the next layer: how to direct your team and how to collect the necessary information to plan an appropriate response. Length: 3 hours.


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Emergencies Happen: What We Are Teaching Our Youth

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4 to 5:30 p.m. - Youth are particularly open to learning about safety and they freely share their learning with family and friends. To engage this audience, our education programs have become more comprehensive, covering the science behind hazards, protective actions, knowledge sharing, and volunteering. This presentation will highlight key educational elements as well as available programing and opportunities for all age groups. Length: 1.5 hours.


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Sheltering in Place

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4 to 5:30 p.m. - Although much attention is given to creating a “go kit” for quick evacuation, there are situations in which sheltering in place is the safest option. What is required to shelter in place? The participants will learn how to adapt for an in-home stay for a variety of circumstances and hazardous conditions. Length: 1.5 hours.


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Readiness for Individuals with Functional and Access Needs

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4 to 5:30 p.m. - This class is designed to identify specific challenges and describe protective actions applicable to individuals with functional and access needs. Attention will be given to hazards that occur in Western Pennsylvania as well as appropriate re-sponses where additional care is required. Length: 1.5 hours.


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MARCs: Opportunity to Collaborate

Thursday, June 23, 2016 4 to 5:30 p.m. - A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) can be an efficient way to deliver services to people and families affected by a disaster by bringing together multiple ser-vice providers in a single location and providing on-site assistance. Through this session, we will define MARCs, learn how to implement the tools to plan for and operate a MARC, and finally, identify and determine the roles, positions and staffing needs for a MARC. Length: 1.5 hours.

Introducing courses for veterans and military families available by special arrangement...

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Roger That: Communication Counts (For Children)

Designed for children of military families, the participants will learn how some communication can be misunderstood. They will learn to listen using all of their senses and how to develop empathy and the ability to understand what someone is feeling by acting out different emotions. Adolescent participants will also learn that communication has many different elements, such as understanding the importance of asking questions to clarify understanding and being able to articulate meaning without misunderstandings through “I messages”.


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10-4 Confident Coping (For Children)

This workshop for children of military families helps participants learn to identify personal strengths and positive coping skills they already possess, but may not know they have. They will learn to identify the physical and emotional manifestations of stress and learn new tools to help them cope with their own stress like movement, breathing and exercise. They will also learn how to reach out and ask for help when needed.


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Reconnection Workshops for Adults

Reconnection Workshops provide information and strategies on topics requested by service members and families relating to reuniting and reintegrating such as: communication, anger, stress and trauma, children and depression.


For more information about these military courses, please contact:

Pauline Duncan at Pauline.Duncan@RedCross.org or 412-263-3148.