working in a post disaster zone

It is becoming increasingly common for us to see media working in post-disaster environments. 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 incidents, 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 in 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 that can be woven together to make a practical, empowering learning experience.

Hostile Environments Training NGO Sector

Common elements in our Working in a Post Disaster Environment 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

Remote environments first aid training

Travel health

Post-traumatic stress

During our Working in a Post Disaster Environments 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 listed here.

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] or call us on +44 800 242 5210.

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