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Disaster 101: An immersive emergency preparedness and crisis leadership workshop


What does this tool do?
Disaster 101 is a complete package which provides users the information to develop a workshop that 1) teaches disaster preparedness content and team response skills to participants and 2) allows participants to practice and receive feedback on emergency response skills through scenario-based disaster simulations and small-group and/or large- group debrief sessions.

This tool includes detailed information on:
• Designing and conducting realistic disaster scenarios
• Recruiting and training workshop staff (instructors, evaluators, facilitators and simulated victims)
• Recruiting and training workshop participants

Who should use this tool?
This workshop is appropriate for any population of users that would benefit from improving their skills related to disaster preparedness and response and/or team response and communication. Some potential users include: 1) Interprofessional education courses in University or College Health Science Programs , 2) State and Local Public Health Departments, particularly in under-resourced or rural areas, 3) Corporations and Small Businesses, 4) Professional or Voluntary Organizations for Health Science Professionals (e.g. Medical Reserve Corps).

What Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities does it support?
• Community Preparedness
• Emergency Operations Coordination
• Mass Care
• Responder Safety and Health
• Volunteer Management

Primary Toolkit:

PPHR Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Assessment, Best Practice, Incident Command System, Natural Disaster, Quality Improvement, Risk Communication, Surge Capacity


Institutional Author:

University of Minnesota, U-SEEE PERRC





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