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Working in a post disaster zone.

It is becoming increasingly common for us to see media working in a post disaster zone. The need to share the human story, potentially to help mobilise the necessary emergency response from local or international bodies, requires dedicated people to deploy at short notice into this challenging environment.

For the media organisation sending their staff, into earthquake zones, flooding or post major incident, there is a vast range of safety and wellbeing considerations to be considered. Whilst clearly only one part of the equation, training is often deemed essential.

Our safety training courses are run on a modular format. Each individual organisation can tailor their training requirement, in much the same way as a disaster response is tailored.

All our training courses are based on the idea that we all come to a course with previous experience and ideas, that we learn in different ways, but that the more practical and immersive the training the more effective and lasting the experience.

We have a wide range of learning outcomes which can be woven together to make a practical, empowering learning experience.

Common elements in our Working in a Post Disaster Zone training include:

Planning before the trip

Selection of kit and equipment

Emergency planning

Vehicle and driver safety

Navigation and radio communication

Dealing with people, conflict and aggression

Working in crowds

Water safety/working from boats

Weapon and explosive awareness [please note this isn’t training you to use weapons]

Explosive Remnants of War & Mines

Hostile environments first aid training

Travel health

Post traumatic stress

During our Working in a Post Disaster Zone training package, we break each of these themes down further, into manageable “chunks”. These can then be clearly defined and ensure we have covered the required content properly, we call these learning outcomes.

Some sample learning outcomes from the medical element of the course are:

The medical element of this course is about 50% of the content, often the medical elements are combined with the safety elements, for example using a map and radio as part of evacuating a casualty.

The course duration varies depending on the final agreed content, but is typically between three and five days.

Training can be delivered at one of our training venues in the United Kingdom, but Lazarus Training is experienced in providing its services worldwide.

To find out more about us as a company, you might want to check out our main website, or you can email us on info[at]lazarustraining.co.uk or call us on +44 800 242 5210.

We are also on the usual social media channels, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram for example.

Safety awareness training for freelancers

An increasing amount of the content used on media channels is gathered by freelancers, with many putting themselves in harms way to get the “piece”. Whether in the aftermath of a natural disaster or in a conflict zone a lack of planning can have catastrophic consequences.

Our Safety Awareness Training for freelancers course is designed to set the foundations of good safety practice for this fluid working group.

This one day Safety Awareness Course covers both ends of the task, pre-deployment and the possible after effects of covering nature disasters or wars.

The course can be adapted to meet the specific requirements of the delegates but typically covers:

 

Pre-assignment considerations:

Assessing risk

Completing risk assessments

Kit and equipment requirements

Insurance considerations: personal & equipment

Information security: written and electronic [including social media]

Medical requirements: personal health issues; travel health; first aid kit contents

Safety awareness training for freelancers

Emergency planning: injury; illness; lost; overdue

Post traumatic stress

What is Post traumatic stress [PTS]; when is it PTS; why does it happen; why are media workers affected.

How to recognise PTS: in colleagues; in contributors; in yourself.

Coping strategies: for colleagues; for contributors; for yourself.

Interviewing victims of trauma.

Sources of help: free; at cost.

All training is conducted to reflect in house policies and procedures and/or equipment.

The course is designed to promote good practice in the media sector, particulary amongst the freelancer community. Many of the topics covered in this course can be expanded upon with further training available.

Contact us on 0800 242 5210 or by info@lazarustraining.co.uk to find out more or to discuss your specific needs.