Reflection Paper on FEMA Training
Irene R. Diaz
By providing a means of prevention practices a school can actually eliminate or minimize the crisis all together (Cavaiola & Colford, 2011). This statement is very clear and true in my opinion. A crisis can be as small as a car wreck or as large as hurricane (FEMA, 2012). Being a counselor, you must be prepared to handle all crisis’s that may occur in your community, whether it affects one student or the entire school district, you must be able to respond to the need. “Individuals, families, and entire school communities are sent reeling in the aftershock of most crisis events. The manner in which schools cope with such events, both during and immediately after them, often determines how quickly the schools return to some level of pre-crisis equilibrium (Cavaiola & Colford).” With this in mind, I believed that taking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certifications would better prepare me for a crisis that could occur in our schools or community. Living in the Fort Hood area, it is imperative that the counselors be able to help the students with any crisis that may occur. I was surprised at what the modules covered and what seemed to be a repetitive nature of the topics. The modules presented an overview of how the hierarchy of command should be set up and followed. It defined each level and what positions should be activated depending on the level of the crisis or which position does not need to be activitated. They explained who was in charge and what would happen if the crisis grew and how resources are handled. They defined and informed what each level did and what group would handle matters for a crisis situation, such as Logistics, Operations, Planning, and Finance. IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction is a course that is intended for government executives, private-sector and...