September 13, 2018 Why You Need Training and How to Get It.
This past Tuesday we commemorated the 17thAnniversary of 9-11. I normally do not post policy/political statements on the day, but wait a few days out of respect for the victims and their families. With the mismanagement of the ongoing recovery act and the several thousand people that died with cancers and other diseases from “World Trade Center Dust”, it should be obvious that you need to be informed well ahead of time.
The last I checked the government’s policy is to get things back to normal as soon as possible, even before things are 100% safe. So normally a whole bunch of laws may be suspended. During a normal disaster and recovery effort the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is moved into more of a consulting role and regulations are suspended. Public health standards might be temporarily suspended. The government might state that the “air is safe” when it is not. This is what happed after 9-11. So what are we to do?
1. Become a member of your Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Most communities have them and they are great training opportunities. This is really the lowest level of involvement, plus if you can prove you already have the training they know where to place you. The professional emergency responders might be apprehensive if they have people show up wanting to help if they have no credentials, no training, no background checks, and no clue. This is in part what I believe happened on and shortly after 9-11 when all these professionals showed up to give advice to the emergency managers in NYC and were ignored.
Also, the CERT program is an excellent program to get to know the other emergency response professionals.
2. Join your local Emergency Response Services if you are able to, many communities are short-handed on fire, police, and EMT’s.
3. Get the Knowledge and Training. It is our goal at Safetywars.com to be a source of information for the normal person and worker. We are building this website as we are able. In the meantime, there are several things you can do:
a. Check up on us periodically. We are updating here all the time.
b. The Federal Emergency Response agency has an Independent Study Institute that is FREE, and online.
c. Contact us for training. We provide training on emergency and disaster response. We are actually Authorized Disaster Response Worker Trainers for OSHA.
Please keep checking back with us. For more updates.