Scholar Skill – Emergency Preparedness

This is the second in a series of posts about Emergency Preparedness; these posts cover the PhysicalMental, and Emotional aspects of being ready to deal with an emergency or crisis.  Physical preparation for emergencies is important and often gets the lions share of attention when it comes to being ready for a crisis.  To be ready to thrive in an emergency you also have to have your mental and emotional tools ready.  In this article we will go over the basics of what we need to study in order to be prepared for a crisis.

Academic Preparation

Preparing academical for a crisis should not be an after thought.  It should be deliberate and persistent. The focus areas to study are Crisis Response and Human Dynamics.

Types of Disasters

The world has been rocked by countless disasters, many of which have been extensively researched and studied.  While there are two broad categories (Natural Disasters and Man Made) there is often a diabolical synergy between the two.

Natural – These are all of the natural occurring disasters like storms, earth quakes, and disease out breaks.

Man Made – War and terror, mass shootings, riots and other scenarios where humans are the root cause of the problem.

Crisis Response and Emergency Management

Knowing how your state and local government will respond to emergencies is critical to building your plans and response in a crisis.  You should focus on knowing the location, response time, response priorities, capability and capacity to handle various levels of crisis.  It is also helpful to know how the government plans to communicate during a crisis, and how you are expected to communicate with them.

Above and beyond learning about our first responders we should seek to support them and encourage our local, state, and federal governments to properly train and equip them to support their communities through various scaling levels of crisis.

  • Fire Service
  • Emergency Medical Facilities
  • Police
  • Military
  • The Red Cross

Human Dynamics

When it comes down to it the human factors at play in a crisis or an emergency will either make or break you.  It is extremely unlikely that you will be in a major crisis alone.  There will be human factors at play all around you, both positive and negative.  There will be those working to help manage and implement the response and relief efforts, but there will also be those people who either go feral or act as predators seeking out their own survival or advantage at the expense of others.

Before a crisis even unfolds, you should seek out and build relationships with others who are in the Guardian Professions (ei: police officers, EMT’s, fire Fighters, military).  These relationship will help you learn and understand how formal institutions will respond.  One of the best ways to do this is to volunteer in your local community either through the volunteer fire service or the Red Cross. Not only will you get the opportunity to learn valuable skills, but you will be around others who can help you in a crisis.


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