A vast majority of the training opportunities is classroom based or online when it comes to preparedness. While it is important to to provide information in that manner we should begin to create a more hands on approach. People tend to learn more by doing than trying to absorb information given to them by a presenter.
CERT Program – I (Basic)
Six (6) classes
Introduction to disasters
Structural and non-structural hazards
Impacts on infrastructures
Utility control, damage assessment, and hazardous... more »
Viable support networks and social connections, which are part of the larger theory of social capital, are protective factors that decrease risk and enhance adaptation (Norris et al., 2007). Social capital theory suggests that “the more people connect with each other, the more they will trust each other and the better off they will be individually and collectively, because social capital has a strong collective... more »
Micro Community Disaster Resiliency
A Jewish Community Preparedness and Resiliency Project
By Jeffrey A. Slotnick, CSM, PSP
This paper intends to present a format for micro community preparedness, response, and recovery to natural, manmade, and technological disasters. The intended definition of a micro community for purposes... more »
I suggest that you work cooperatively with local emergency service providers on preplanning efforts. Most local fire departments already have a preplanning process in place.
Work to increase the coping resources for the population by increasing the population's understanding of what emotions are in the hours, days and weeks after a traumatic experience. The harm from disasters can be maximized by people not understanding the source of their anger/impulsiveness.