The public health workforce increasingly provides direct and indirect roles and functions during their agency’s emergency response. A most critical element of being professionally prepared is to be personally prepared. This course introduces the learner to a variety of public health roles during a wide range of emergencies. Using an interactive, 5 action-step preparedness model learners will become better prepared for emergencies and disasters, personally and professionally. Three emergency scenarios allow the learner to think through each situation and identify the action steps most helpful to get through the emergency.
The purpose of this course is to:
- Provide the public health worker with essential emergency preparedness information to be best prepared for all hazards and be a more effective public health worker during a disaster.
- Provide an easy preparedness tool to create a personal and family emergency plan, aligned with the needs of a public health worker.
- Public health workers have dual responsibilities, a day-to-day role and an emergency response role.
- A most critical element of being professionally prepared is to be personally prepared.
- Emergency preparedness plans are critical to safety and survival.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:
- Responder Safety and Health
- Community Preparedness
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):
- 4.1 Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans
- 4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations and threats
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the known hazards and emergency risks known in your area.
- List the 5 action steps in thinking and planning for disasters.
- Name the two principle possibilities your emergency plan should account for.
- Describe the importance of stockpiling water; calculate daily water needs; and purify water.
- Describe basic, essential emergency supplies for staying at home during an emergency or in case of evacuation.