Category Archives: Red Cross

Disaster Institute – Providing Information – Part One

In February 2012, I participated in New Jersey’s Disaster Institute led by the American Red Cross. The Disaster Institute features numerous courses geared toward specific response roles in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. One of the courses I took was Disaster Mental Health Current Affairs. This course prepares disaster responders to treat […]

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Disaster Response Volunteer Shortage

While working in a shelter during Hurricane Irene, we were drastically short on volunteers at some stages. The overnights were most critical. As the worst of the storm was about to set in and we prepared to be hit, relief arrived in the form of an Islamic disaster response group. Around twelve Islamic college students, […]

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Disaster Response Sites

In 2011 I spent 3 days working during Hurricane Irene in a local high school managing registration at a Red Cross shelter. Shelters are often staged in school buildings. I recall the days leading up to the hurricane. Quickly I stocked my go-bag and loaded up on non-perishable supplies from the grocery store. I waited […]

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Disaster Relief School Programs – Challenge-Based Learning

Australia is a country leading the way in integrating disaster relief education programs into their schools. These courses empower students to respond to disasters and help their neighbors heal from disasters. In the edudemic video linked below, students in Australia use a “challenge-based” learning model to create solutions in disaster response. In addition to fundraisers […]

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