Thursday, February 9, 2012

Disaster Awareness Classes Available for Your Organization

Dear CERT at UCLA Graduates and Friends,

We are over half way done with the current CERT class at UCLA, and we
are currently in the works for scheduling one in either Spring or
Summer...more on that later. The hosting department is working out
the dates best for their staff.

Here is a special, short notice invitation for some American Red Cross
disaster services training that will happen on campus this Saturday,
Feb 11. If you are able/willing, we'll we teaching three classes from
9 am - 5 pm in Ackerman 2408. Course descriptions are further below,
but these are the standard, "entry level" classes classes taught to
all American Red Cross shelter volunteers who provide care to those
displaced from their homes by disasters. These are also the classes
sometimes referred to as "CERT Level 2", but that's a little bit of a

RSVP for these classes to

Finally, today is the anniversary of the San Fernando/Sylmar
earthquake, which killed 65 people. That happened before I was born,
which reminded me that we now have an entire SoCal generation which
has never experienced a major earthquake (because our 1st year
undergraduates don't remember the Northridge earthquake!).

If you would like to book a basic disaster preparedness presentation
(variable length from 20-60 minutes) for your campus activity or
program, the American Red Cross at UCLA has presenters who can provide
that service for you.

You'll see the course descriptions for those Red Cross classes further
below. I'll be the instructor. The classes will run together, one
following the other.

Thanks for reading,

Mike Stajura
Doctoral Student
UCLA School of Public Health

Westwood Neighborhood Council
Volunteer Coordinator, LAFD CERT Battalion 9
Disaster Service Instructor, American Red Cross of Greater LA

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Course Descriptions
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Saturday, Feb 11, 9 am - 5 pm, Ackerman 2408

This is for the three entry-level classes taken by all American Red
Cross disaster services volunteers who work in shelters.

For those interested, we'll also discuss how to become an American Red
Cross volunteer, but that is not required.


Disaster Services Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide information about ways
participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond
to emergencies and disasters. Participants also learn about volunteer
opportunities at their local Red Cross chapter.

Upon completion of this course, participants 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 Red Cross workers in disaster
relief situations.
-Identify resources for personal preparedness.
-Determine how to help their community prepare and respond to disasters.
-Identify next steps to becoming a volunteer.

Shelter Operations

The purpose of this basic level Disaster Services course is to prepare
employees and volunteers of the Red Cross and other agencies to manage
shelter operations effectively and sensitively as a team while meeting
the needs of people displaced as a result of a disaster.

After completing this course, participants will be able to–
• Describe the procedures for opening, operating and closing shelters.
• Explain ways to demonstrate quality service.
• Organize available human resources as a shelter operations team.
• Identify resources available to assist shelter workers.
• Organize the physical facility and material resources to meet the
needs of the people in the shelter.

Shelter Simulation
The purpose of this training is to provide participants with an
opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities required to
operate a successful shelter.

After completing this course, participants will be able to–
• Demonstrate shelter opening, operating and closing procedures.
• Identify and use available of resources to assist shelter workers.
• Work as a team to provide quality shelter services to clients.
• Address common shelter problems effectively.