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  • 1. WELCOME Disaster Services: An Overview Module One
  • 2. Agenda
    • The Impact of Disasters – 30
    • The Community Response – 30
    • The Red Cross Response – 45
    • Break – 15
    • Overview of Your Local Chapter – 30
    • A Chapter Disaster Response – 30
    • Working with the Red Cross – 30
    • Next Steps – 15
  • 3. Course Purpose
    • To provide information about ways you can help your community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.
    • You will also learn about volunteer opportunities at your local Red Cross chapter.
  • 4. Course Objectives
    • After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Explain how disasters affect people and communities.
    • Describe how the community, including the American Red Cross, works together in disaster preparedness and response.
    • Describe the services the Red Cross provides to people affected by disaster and the principles that guide the Red Cross workers in disaster relief situations.
  • 5. Disaster Strikes (Icebreaker)
    • Group Activity:
    • Introduce yourselves
    • Using the pictures, discuss the immediate physical, emotional and informational needs people affected by disaster might have.
    • List your group’s ideas on newsprint.
  • 6. Course Objectives (continued…)
    • After completing this course, you will be able to :
    • Identify resources for personal preparedness.
    • Determine how to help your community prepare and respond to disasters.
    • Identify next steps to becoming a disaster volunteer.
  • 7. Town Hall Meeting
    • Working with your table group:
    • Discuss how the community organization assigned to your group can help out when preparing for and responding to the disaster.
    • Choose three or four ideas and list them on newsprint.
    • Select a spokesperson to present your list.
  • 8. The American Red Cross Mission
    • The American Red Cross,
    • a humanitarian organization led
    • by volunteers and guided by its
    • Congressional Charter and the
    • Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross
    • Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster
    • and help people prevent, prepare for and respond
    • to emergencies .
  • 9. Red Cross History
    • Henry Dunant: founder of the worldwide International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
      • Driving force for the creation of the Geneva Convention of 1864.
      • The original treaty has expanded to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and adopted by almost every nation.
  • 10. Red Cross History (continued…)
    • Clara Barton: founder of the American Red Cross in 1881
      • Driving force for bringing the U.S. into compliance with Red Cross principles.
      • In 1900, the American National Red Cross received a Congressional charter making the work of the American Red Cross accountable to, but not funded by Congress.
  • 11. The Fundamental Principles
    • Humanity
    • Impartiality
    • Neutrality
    • Independence
    • Voluntary Service
    • Unity
    • Universality
  • 12. Fundamental Principles At Work
    • Working in groups of three:
      • Match the Fundamental Principle to the statements about Disaster Services.
      • Write the number of the Fundamental Principle on the blank line.
      • More than one principle may apply.
  • 13. Module One Review
    • Disasters impact the lives of people.
    • The community prepares for and responds to disasters.
    • The Red Cross mission is to provide relief to victims of disaster and to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
  • 14. Local Structure
    • South Florida Region
      • Broward Chapter
      • Miami-Dade Chapter
        • North
        • South
        • Keys
  • 15. Local Structure (continued…)
    • Chapter Founded: July 18, 1917
    • Contacts:
      • JB Hunt, Chapter Advancement Officer [email_address]
      • Shannon Vasko, Volunteer & Response Coordinator [email_address]
      • Address
        • 5450 MacDonald Ave #11
        • Key West, FL 33040
        • 305-296-4033
  • 16. Red Cross Response Structure
    • Chapters are responsible for carrying out the mission of the Red Cross in its jurisdiction:
    • Preparedness activities
      • Training/Exercises
      • Partnership development
      • Agreements
      • Volunteers recruitment and retention
  • 17. Red Cross Response Structure
      • Response
        • First 72 Hours – Chapters must initiate the response and key activities. Must “hold the fort” till support and supplies can reach the disaster area.
        • Scaling of Disasters
          • Small disasters require a few resources.
          • The larger the destructive force and/or scope of disaster the more resources are needed
  • 18. Red Cross Response Structure
    • State officers provide oversight and coordinating support for regions and chapters
      • Committees / State EOC Liaisons
      • Volunteers and resources from nearby chapters or across the country can be sent to disaster areas
    • National (NHQ) in Washington D.C.
      • Coordination and funding for large-scale responses
      • Disaster Operations Center (DOC)
      • Leads nationwide planning and preparedness activities
      • Creates policy and guidance
  • 19. Five Initial Actions
    • Sheltering
    • Feeding
    • Disaster Assessment
    • Staffing the local government emergency operations center and coordinating with local partners
    • Communicating to the public and fundraising
  • 20. Red Cross Response Structure
    • Disaster Action Teams (DAT) – 24/7 Response
      • 3 Teams in the Keys
    • Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR)
      • Local, Regional and National Deployment
      • Shelter teams needed at FIU
    • Service to the Armed Forces
      • MAT
  • 21. The Chapter Responds
    • Individually read the scenario and the questions.
    • Discuss the question assigned to your group.
    • Prepare to share your group’s answers in a class discussion.
  • 22. Scenario Question #1
    • Why is it important for the Red Cross chapter to engage its DAT, feeding, sheltering and disaster assessment teams as soon as possible?
  • 23. Scenario Question #2
    • Why does the Red Cross chapter work with local government and community partners to support a disaster response?
  • 24. Scenario Question #3
    • Why does the Red Cross chapter communicate to the media and the public, and engage in fundraising to support a disaster response?
  • 25. Summary Question #4
    • Why do you think the Red Cross provides a helping hand to people affected by disaster?
  • 26. Be Prepared
    • Get a Kit
    • Make a Plan
    • Be Informed
  • 27. Working in Disaster Services
      • Direct Services
        • Brings comfort to the people affected by disaster and helps them rebuild their lives.
      • External Services
        • Works with the community and public.
      • Support Services
        • Ensures the Red Cross has the ability to function effectively and efficiently.
  • 28. Volunteer Opportunities
    • Check off all the tasks that appeal to you.
    • Discuss your interests with the person sitting next to you.
  • 29. Red Cross Resources
    • The American Red Cross
      • www.redcross.org
    • Florida Keys Branch
      • www.floridakeysredcross.org/
  • 30. Volunteer Opportunities at Our Chapter
    • Together, American Red Cross volunteers:
      • Assist victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other disasters, including local fires.
      • Teach disaster preparedness, CPR, water safety, and other classes.
      • Organize and participate in clubs, fundraising, and other special events.
      • and much more….
  • 31. Volunteer Opportunities (continued…)
    • Next Steps
      • Volunteer/DSHR Application
      • Background Check
      • Additional Training
        • www.southfloridaprepares.org
      • Additional resources
      • https://crossnet.redcross.org/
  • 32. Course Objectives
    • Now that you have completed this course, you will be able to:
      • Explain how disasters affect people and communities.
      • Describe how the community, including the American Red Cross, works together in disaster preparedness and response.
      • Describe the services the Red Cross provides to people affected by disaster and the principles that guide the Red Cross workers in disaster relief situations.
      • Identify resources for personal preparedness.
      • Determine how to help your community prepare and respond to disasters.
      • Identify next steps to becoming a disaster volunteer.
  • 33. Course Conclusion
    • Thank you for attending
    • Disaster Services: An Overview
    • Please complete the course evaluation.
    • See you at the next TRAINING!
    • *We look forward to creating a positive volunteer experience*