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New Employee and Volunteer Orientation online

 

Disaster Services Courses

    Introduction to Disaster Services

    Fullfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion into Community Action

    Mass Care Overview

    Logistics: An Overview

    Logistics Simulation

    Shelter Operations

    Shelter Simulation

    ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll

    Basic Food Safety

    Disaster Kitchen Training

    Fundamentals of Disaster Assessment

    Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism: An Overview

    Mass Casualty Disasters

Casework Courses

    Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance

    Client Assistance Cards: Caseworkers Course

    Client Assistance System Training

Working with Partners

    Collaborating to Ensure Effective Service Delivery

    Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command Liaison

    Emergency Operations Center Liaison

Disaster Health & Disaster Mental Health

    Health Services Response Workshop¤

    Psychological First Aid¤

    Disaster Mental Health: An Overview

    Serving People with Disabilities Following a Disaster¤

    Foundations of Disaster Mental Health¤

     Red Cross ReadyRN¤

Youth Disaster Courses

    Masters of Disaster

    Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal With Terrorism and Tragic Events

 

The American Red Cross

New Employee and Volunteer Orientation - (online)

NEVO is designed to introduce new employees and volunteers to the Red Cross.  It's purpose is to provide information, tools and resources that will help participants become familiar with the role participants will play in fulfilling the mission.

 

Introduction to Disaster Services - 45 min (online)

Introduces learners to American Red Cross Disaster Services and allow them to discover how volunteers support this critical mission and to explore ways they can become involved in a local chapter.  No prerequisites.

Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion into Community Action - 3.5 hours

Introduces potential disaster volunteers, new Red Cross employees, and members of other local agencies to the role of the Red Cross in the community’s actions in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters.  Recommended pre-course: Introduction to Disaster Services.

Mass Care Overview - 3 hours - also avail. as self-study

Provides an overview of the activities performed by the Mass Care group on a disaster relief operation.  Prerequisite: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action

Logistics: An Overview - 3 hours

Provides participants with an overview of the Material Support Services group and the activities associated with it. Prerequisite: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action

Logistics Simulation - 5.5 hours

Simulation designed to provide learners with the opportunity to practice using skills and knowledge from Logistics: An Overview.  Prerequisite: Logistics: An Overview

Shelter Operations - 3 hours

Provides participants with knowledge of Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster.  This course is designed for employees and volunteers of the Red Cross and other partner agencies and community leaders who will be working on shelter operations teams.  Prerequisite: Mass Care: An Overview.

Shelter Simulation - 3.5 hours

Simulation designed for learners to acquire knowledge of Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster.  For Red Cross employees and volunteers who will be working on shelter operations teams in their own community.  Prerequisite: Shelter Operations

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ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll

Self-study: 3 hours; Road test: Dependent upon # of participants.

Provides learners with the opportunity to learn about and use an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and all related equipment. The course consists of two parts that participants must complete: a self-study and an ERV orientation and road test.

Prerequisites:

bulletMass Care: An Overview

bulletValid driver’s license

bulletSatisfactory Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Report and Defensive

bulletDriving Course Certificate

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Logistics: An Overview

Basic Food Safety (Online) - approximately 1 hour

This is a basic online course, contracted from an outside vendor, designed to introduce the learners to the principles of safe food handling. It is an online training that is divided into 4 segments. Basic Food Safety™ from FoodHandler uses video, high resolution 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.  Prerequisites: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action.

Disaster Kitchen Training - 2 days

This course is designed to give the learners the opportunity to learn about and practice working in a kitchen to prepare meals for delivery to clients affected by a disaster. The course includes lecture, table group exercises and a day-long practical application of knowledge and skills by preparing meals in a kitchen.  Prerequisites: Mass Care Overview.  It is also recommended that you have ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll; Shelter Operations; Logistics: An Overview; and Logistics Simulation.

 

Fundamentals of Disaster Assessment - 4 hours (online through LMS)

Introduces the critical role of disaster assessment, explore related preparedness tasks, learn how to collect and communicate disaster assessment information, & become familiar with how disaster assessment info supports management and service delivery decisions.  Prerequisite: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action

Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism: An Overview - 3.5 hours

This learning experience consists of a series of presentations designed to share information and generate thought-provoking and interactive discussions that will orient participants to the real-world considerations of WMD/T planning and response.   Prerequisite: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action.

Mass Casualty Disasters - 8 hours

This course combines a series of presentations and class discussions which use real-world examples to explore the four types of mass casualty disasters and the planning and response role of the Red Cross as part of an overall community response. This interactive learning experience culminates in a thought-provoking simulation of a mass casualty event where participants form teams, representing a Red Cross chapter, and must make decisions during the first 24 hours following the disaster event  Prerequisites: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action and participants must have responded to a large disaster either within their community or preferably on a DSHR assigment.

 

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Casework Courses

 

Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance - 9 hours

Client Casework is an instructor-led, video-supported course designed to train Red Cross caseworkers how to conduct effective client interviews and provide appropriate assistance to help meet a client’s immediate disaster-caused or disaster-aggravated needs.  Prerequisites: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action.

 

Client Assistance Cards: Caseworkers Course - 2 hours (online through LMS)

The course introduces caseworkers to the role of issuing Client Assistance Cards by interviewing clients, filling out the proper forms and activating Client Assistance Cards via phone. The course addresses both a disaster relief operation and a local response.  Prerequisites: Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance.

Client Assistance System Training - time varies, training is online

CAS software and reporting provide our organization a single system of record to support the delivery of assistance to clients.  CAS expedites financial assistance and services to our clients, by enabling workers to deliver services from a computer with internet access.  It manages information about clients, their needs and the assistance we provide them following a disaster. It also matches disaster assessment information with client information.

 

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Working With Partners

 

Collaborating to Ensure Effective Service Delivery - 2 days

Participants in this course will gain a practical understanding of what a liaison is and what a liaison does—how they collaborate with diverse internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective service delivery in a manner that yields community trust in, appreciation for and goodwill toward the American Red Cross.  This training requires a collaborative learning environment where both participants and instructors must draw upon their knowledge of and/or experience in Red Cross disaster service delivery.   Prerequisites: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action and familiarity with Red Cross programs and services and how they support service delivery.  It is also recommended that you have had the following prior to taking CEESD:

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Mass Care Overview

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Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance

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Working With Total Diversity

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additional basic level disaster training courses

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Experience working with a Red Cross Chapter, community and labor organizations, government agencies, and/or diverse populations.

Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command Liaison - 8 hours

The purpose of this basic Disaster Services course is to 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 results in effective service delivery.  Prerequisites: Collaborating to Ensure Effective Service Delivery and sufficient knowledge and experience to provide a functional understanding of the concepts, principles and procedures associated with disaster assessment, sheltering, feeding, the provision of individual assistance and the basics of operations management needed to participate adequately in the discussions and activities contained in this course.  It is also recommended that you have the following Federal Emergency Management Agency independent study courses:

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IS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System

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IS-200 Basic Incident Command System

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IS-700 National Incident Management System

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IS-800 National Response Plan

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IS-650 Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments

Emergency Operations Center Liaison (Self-Study)

This self-study disaster training course provides operational training and material for individuals being assigned to work in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or other emergency management setting. It is intended to be used in circumstances where it is not possible for the intended Government Liaison to participate in the instructor–led Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command Liaison course. This course is not intended to be used in lieu of the instructor-led course; rather, the instructor-led course should be completed by the Government Liaison as soon as possible after completing this self-study. Prerequisites:  It is recommended that you have the same prerequisites as for the instructor-led Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command Liaison course with the addition of FEMA's IS-1 Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position.

 

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Disaster Health and Mental Health Courses

 

Health Services Response Workshop - 6.5 hours

This is an instructor-led workshop designed to orient licensed or certified health professionals to the roles and responsibilities of a Health Services Associate when working on behalf of the American Red Cross to meet the disaster-related health needs of clients.  Prerequisites: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action.  It is also recommended that participants have had the following prior to taking this course:

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Serving People with Disabilities Following a Disaster

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Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance

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Shelter Operations

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Staff Health: Deploying a Healthy Workforce

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Client Assistance System training

 

Psychological First Aid - 4 hours

Provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve.  Recommended pre-courses: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action; Working with Total Diversity

 

This course is designed for potential disaster volunteers and members of local agencies interested in supporting the role of the Red Cross in the community’s actions in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters.

Disaster Mental Health: An Overview - 3 hours

Introduces participants to ways Disaster Mental Health supports disaster relief workers and people affected by disasters. This course is designed primarily for persons outside the mental health field who are involved in Red Cross disaster response and who wish to better understand and work more closely with DMH.

This course is designed for Red Cross employees and volunteers who are interested in learning more about Disaster Mental Health.  No prerequisites.

 

Serving People with Disabilities Following a Disaster - 45 minutes (online through LMS)

Outlines American Red Cross policies and practices as they pertain to providing services to people with disabilities following a disaster.  This course is intended for Red Cross employees and volunteers who interact directly with people with disabilities including, but not limited to, DSHR members serving in Health Services, Disaster Mental Health, Client Casework and Sheltering.  Prerequisite: Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion Into Community Action.

Foundations of Disaster Mental Health - 8 hours (1 day)

For licensed mental health professionals who are considering becoming involved in Red Cross DMH preparedness, response and recovery activities at their local chapter and on national disaster relief operations.  Introduces participants to the key concepts, knowledge and skills required of anyone assigned to Disaster Mental Health (DMH).

Red Cross ReadyRN - (20 self-paced modules available through LMS)

The purpose of this curriculum is to provide Red Cross Disaster Health Services workers with the knowledge and skills to respond in a timely, safe and appropriate manner to various types of disasters including catastrophic events and public health emergencies.

 

Participants may choose to take one, several or all of the modules in the series.  The modules may be taken in any order and are independent of each other.  Each Red Cross ReadyRN module qualifies for 0.2 CEU credit under the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) guidelines.

 

The ReadyRN modules are as follows:

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Module 1: Essentials of Disaster Planning

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Module 2: Leadership and Coordination in Disaster Health Care System

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Module 3: Understanding the Psychological Impact of Disasters

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Module 4: Legal and Ethical Issues in Disaster Response

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Module 5: Communication: The Role of the Media

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Module 6: Natural Disasters

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Module 7: Environmental Disasters and Emergencies

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Module 8: Overview of Disaster Management

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Module 9: Disaster Triage and Chemical Decontamination

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Module 10: Restoring Public Health Under Disaster Conditions

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Module 11: Managing Emergencies Outside the Hospital

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Module 12: Management of Psychological Effects

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Module 13: Unique Needs of Children During Disasters...

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Module 14: Shelter Nursing

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Module 15: Biological and Chemical Terrorism: A Unique Threat

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Module 16: Surveillance Systems for Bioterrorism

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Module 17: Biological Agents of Concern

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Module 18: Early Recognition and Detection of Biological Events

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Module 19: Chemical Agents of Concern

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Module 20: Radiological Incidents and Emergencies

 

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Masters of Disaster

        The Masters of Disaster® curriculum is specifically tailored for lower elementary (K-2), upper elementary (3-5), and middle school (6-8) classes.

 

bulletLessons for Educators
bulletGrade level options
bullet Be Disaster Safe - K-2
bullet Be Disaster Safe - 3-5
bullet Be Disaster Safe - 6-8
bullet Fire Prevention and Safety - K-2
bullet Fire Prevention and Safety - 3-5
bullet Fire Prevention and Safety - 6-8
bullet Home Safety - K-2
bullet Home Safety - 3-5
bullet Home Safety - 6-8
bulletActivities for Families
bulletLevel
bullet Wildfire Activities for Families
bullet Be Disaster Safe - Level 1
bullet Be Disaster Safe - Level 2
bullet Be Disaster Safe - Level 3
bullet Fire Prevention and Safety - Level 1
bullet Fire Prevention and Safety - Level 2
bullet Fire Prevention and Safety - Level 3
bullet Home Safety - Level 1
bullet Home Safety - Level 2
bullet Home Safety - Level 3

      

       The Masters of Disaster curriculum is available as a complete kit (K-2, 3-5, or 6-8) by special order through our local American Red Cross chapter. Kit posters, stickers, and certificates are also available for separate order through chapters as well.

 

Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal With Terrorism and Tragic Events

        Facing Fear is a flexible curriculum to help young people be prepared for disasters and deal with the aftermath of terrorism and tragic events. Lesson plans and reproducible activity sheet booklets are available as four separate shrink-wrapped packages in the following grade level groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each package contains a book of lesson plans for teachers that are aligned to National Education Standards for health, social studies, and language arts, and a book of reproducible activity sheets for teachers to photocopy and give to students.

 

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