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Responder Preparedness

Pre-Emergency Responder Readiness

Time: This workshop is generally scheduled for 2 hours; combined with Post-Emergency Responder Readjustment, the total time is 4 hours. 

Certification and Credit:None

Prerequisite: None

Description: Helps members of Emergency Response Teams prepare to handle an emergency before it happens. This workshop addresses:

  • The role of anxiety
  • The physical demands of responding to an emergency
  • Decision-making under duress

Pre-Emergency Responder Readiness workshops help members of Emergency Response Teams prepare to handle an emergency before it happens.

Responding to an emergency requires knowledge (the know-how of what to do), skills (execution of the proper protocol), physical ability, and a calm, steady mind (controlling anxiety and making sound decisions under duress).  All four components have to be present for the best response to an emergency.

CPR / AED and First Aid classes address the first two components.  But, knowledge and skills alone will do no good if the responder is not physically and psychologically prepared to handle the emergency.  If the anxiety level is extremely high, it can interfere with the responder’s ability to mobilize, even physically, or to recall his or her knowledge base, execute skills, and make sound decisions.

 

Post-Emergency Responder Readjustment

Time: This workshop is generally scheduled for 2 hours, but can be adjusted according to need.

Certification and Credit: None

Description: Helps responders address the immediate, or lingering, stressors in the aftermath of an emergency.  Specific techniques and strategies are taught to alleviate any unwanted thoughts, feeling, or memories.  This workshop can be arranged for individuals or groups of responders.

Post-Emergency Responder Readjustment workshops help responders address the immediate, or lingering, stressors in the aftermath of an emergency.

Responding to an emergency is not an everyday occurrence.  Even if the emergency really was not serious, as the responder mobilizes, the body goes through significant changes… adrenalin rush, heightened anxiety, physical impact.  If the rescue was more complicated, the impact is even more significant… much second guessing as to whether the responder made the right decisions, or used all of their resources.  Whether the outcome was successful or grave, the responder may be left with lingering images, thoughts and feelings.

CPR / AED and First Aid classes address knowledge base and skills development.  However, they does not prepare the responder to  handle the aftermath of a rescue.  But yet, these lingering thoughts, feelings, and images can have a major impact on the responder for days, weeks, or even months after the actual event, potentially  impacting on productivity, relationships, and day-to-day living.