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Training for Disasters

  • By: Stacy Peerbolte
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Training for disasters provides an opportunity for communities to enhance their capabilities for responding to emergencies or disasters prior to an event. Planning for disasters requires training for not only responders, but also public officials and the community at large.

Training responders and public officials on a community emergency operations plan allows local policymakers and emergency operations responders to work together to achieve emergency operations planning goals and objectives to respond to an emergency or disaster. Specifically, training provides an opportunity to review emergency operations procedures and their subsequent application within an environment that is safe, and helps to compensate for limited opportunities to obtain actual disaster response experience. Meanwhile, it ensures that public officials are aware of not only the strengths and weaknesses of ...

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