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CCRET Class Descriptions
Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
Just starting out? This class is perfect for you, as we cover the essentials of disaster preparedness and outline the basic steps to start with. This is also a good class to bring spouses, family, and friends to so they can learn more about why being prepared is a good idea. The class provides some very basic guidelines for those just starting.
Making a Preparedness Plan
Having a good plan is essential to being fully prepared. This class will help you design a custom preparedness plan tailored to your family’s needs. Topics include: Governmental response; The five main planning scenarios; Creating emergency actions; Reunion points; Communication plan; Types of Assistance; Sheltering in Place and Evacuations; Emergency Communications Plan; Creating your own personal plan; 9 Steps to a Basic Plan.
Emergency Water Treatment and Storage
At the top of your list of preparedness things to do should be water storage. We’ll discuss how to treat water in emergencies and methods for storing water. We also cover the many contaminants found in water and how to treat for them. Topics include: Treating water in emergency conditions; Water Contaminants; Storing water for emergencies.
Food Storage Preparedness
Food storage is an important aspect to preparedness, but what to store? How much to store? Where to start? Topics include: Food storage principles; Types of foods for storage; Calories needed per day; Considerations when storing food items for intermediate & long term; How to choose good foods for storage.
Disaster Preparedness for Families and Students
Preparing for disasters with children creates special challenges for parents. This class offers suggestions for including children in family preparedness plans and ways to focus on family involvement and provides suggestions for teaching children about preparedness, including those special considerations for getting them ready for disasters and how to ensure your child is prepared for school emergencies. Topics include: Discussing Disasters with children; Including kids in the plan without scaring them; How preparedness differs with kids; Making prepping fun for kids; Different discussion strategies for age groups; Assigning tasks and responsibilities; Teaching & Training children.
Bugging In: Sheltering at Home
You always hear about evacuating or bugging out, but for most disasters, the best place to be is at home, where you feel comfortable and secure. This class will cover aspects for planning to shelter at home during a disaster without utilities and how to keep your family safe during chaotic times.
Go Bags and Evacuation
Evacuating your home is very stressful. Having a plan ahead of time can help alleviate some of that stress by knowing what to do, where to go, and how to get there. A packed and ready-to-go kit can mean the difference between survival and hardship. Topics include: Bug out bags and evacuation packs; Common survival tasks; The most important tasks every kit should handle; Critical information on assembling effective survival kits; Reasons to evacuate; Planning to evacuate; Deciding on whether to stay or go; When to go, where to go; Why have a kit? How to build a kit; The 12 main categories for survival; Kit content suggestions.
Sheltering In Place with a Fan in a Can
An advanced how-to class, we cover how to make a HEPA filter that will create a positive pressure in your safe room. Creating positive pressure with clean, fresh air is important for keeping out novel viruses during a pandemic scenario.
Home Security Essentials
Maintaining a safe and secure home is one aspect of being prepared for everyday emergencies. In this class, we discuss basic home security methods and how the average home can be hardened against unauthorized entry and some basic steps and insight into protecting your family. Topics include: Threat assessment for your home; Understanding Security Layers; Simple low-cost security solutions for hardening your home; Common methods used for unlawful entry; Response in an unauthorized entry scenario.
Common Preparedness Pitfalls and Mistakes
Becoming better prepared is a great idea, but many of the suggestions found online can be misleading or outright wrong. This class openly discusses the many pitfalls individuals encounter when preparing for an emergency. Topics include: How to identify planning mistakes; Avoiding pitfalls and traps of preparing; Avoiding bad planning; Common mistakes in food and water storage.
Building Medical and First Aid Kits
When disasters and emergencies strike, first responders make the difference between life and death for many people. A medical kit goes far beyond what a simple first aid kit can handle, and should be among your disaster preparedness equipment. This class explains how to create an emergency medical kit for your personal emergency needs. Topics include: Explaining the difference between a first aid kit and a medical kit; Why Austere medicine is important; Common injuries requiring treatment; Equipment and supplies; Treatments your kit should handle.
Surviving EMP and CME Events
In the blink of an eye, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) can destroy electronics and permanently take down the power grid. One of the scariest events we should be prepared for is a long term power outage caused by either an EMP or a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). Learn fact from fiction and what you should do to prepare. This class also covers how to make an effective homemade Faraday cage.
Emergency Backup Power
Whether it’s keeping your phone charged for emergency calls and accessing the Internet, or running a refrigerator for medicines, this class will show you alternative ways to provide your gear with electrical power.
In the event of a long-term disaster scenario, your neighbors will be the people providing immediate assistance to you and others. This class will cover topics on how to prepare your neighborhood and tips for broaching the subject of preparedness with your neighbors.
Experts tell us the next global pandemic is just around the corner. Learn what a pandemic is and how it will affect you when it occurs. This class covers topics on how to safeguard you and your family from deadly viruses and the subsequent effects of a population under quarantine.
Nuclear Emergencies and Radioactive Fallout Preparedness
Whether from a nuclear power plant, a terrorist’s dirty bomb, or a nuclear detonation, radiation is deadly. This class covers what radiation is, how to detect it and how you can keep safe from its dangers.
Table Top Disaster Exercise
Now that you have your preparedness plan, it’s time to put it to the test. This table top exercise will test your plan through a realistic fictional scenario and help you determine the strong and weak points of you plan. In this Table Top exercise, you will: Test your preparedness plan against a realistic disaster exercise without divulging any personal information while participating in the exercise.
Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Exercise
A fun look at putting your preparedness plan into action against the unthinkable (and improbable) zombie apocalypse. The class uses fictitious scenario to test how ready you really are.
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