Emergency responders need to be ready to face any emergency and they may not always know how to meet the unique needs of every individual. Imagine responding to an emergency and finding that the person in need cannot understand you, or cannot hear you, or is unable to move or be moved.
St. Petersburg College’s Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI), in partnership with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), created a flip book, online resource and video entitled, “Emergency Response for People Who Have Access and Functional Needs: A Guide for First Responders.”
The resource provides a reference tool for emergency personnel who assist people with access and functional needs during and after an emergency. Although limited quantities of this flip book are available in print, all of the content can be viewed, copied and printed online for free. This online resource can be very helpful at a time when many agencies cannot afford training resources due to tight budgets.
“We are pleased to share this resource with other programs in the College and with the clinicians in our local community that can benefit from the critical information provided,” said Eileen LaHaie, CPSI Executive Director.
“Our thanks to CPSI for their assistance with our February 2012 CME course,” said Glenn Davis, EMS/CME Program Coordinator. “This is an excellent example of the benefits of interdepartmental collegiality. Two departments with similar goals and objectives, working together to benefit a larger number of students.”
The resource provides essential tips for assisting people of all ages with various access and functional needs, including: sensory, cognitive and mobility disabilities, language and cultural differences, transportation limitations and medical needs. It covers how to assist people in private homes, institutions and congregate care facilities.
CPSI recently offered this resource at no cost to another program at St. Petersburg College, the Emergency Medical Services/Continuing Medical Education (EMS/CME) program. The guide also has been included in the EMS/CME program’s February 2012 online ANGEL training for Pinellas County EMS and is well suited for the 1,500-plus local EMS clinicians in Pinellas County.
CPSI has already received requests for the resource from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Virginia Medical Response Council, Fairfax (Va.) Emergency Management, Kent County (Mich.) Health Department, Los Angeles County Disaster Management and other state and local responder agencies across the country.
CPSI’s mission is to develop and deliver high quality training for emergency and first responders, military personnel, and the general public. CPSI responds to local and national training needs, working closely with long-time partners, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of State and others, to deliver training throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Central America. CPSI has three distinct divisions: the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) program, the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI), and the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute (FL RCPI).