4.1 Incident preparedness

1. Introduction

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This course will take approximately 1-1½ hours to complete, but this timing will depend on how fast you read and how long you spend on the activities and reflective questions. You do not need to complete the whole course in one go. If you leave and come back to the course you can pick up where you left off.

The aim of this course is to provide services with an understanding about what to consider when preparing responders to effectively support children, young people and adults who experience a major incident. The course focuses on psychological skills that we know are helpful including meeting the basic survival needs of those affected through a humane, supportive, respectful and caring approach.

The impact of survivors of different types of incidents, such as natural disasters and those of human cause are also considered. Some common myths about people’s behaviour in disaster situations are also considered. The goal of this course is to promote the resilience of survivors and responders.

The course also provides a link to a ‘Psychological First Aid – Field Guide’ providing step-by-step information and resources specifically designed for use in the event of a major incident and to aid pre-incident preparedness.

Throughout this course you will see the Personal Journal link, below, this is a place where you can note your thoughts as you go through the course - this is confidential to you.

Personal Journal