How to Become an International Disaster Volunteer
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How to Become an International Disaster Volunteer

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How to Become an International Disaster Volunteer discusses the immense value an experienced water systems engineer, trauma surgeon, or communications specialist could bring to a disaster stricken community, while also explaining how their professional educations do not prepare them for the logistical, psychological, and physical demands of traveling to, and functioning in, an international catastrophe with little water or electricity, limited sleep and food, a chaotic working environment, and with team members from diverse backgrounds and with different personalities.

This book provides a step-by-step guide for the entire process, including self-evaluating tactics, fitness measurements for volunteering, how to research disaster relief organizations, how to gain appropriate training and applicable experiences, the best practices during deployments, and the personal recovery process upon returning home.

Each chapter focuses on one aspect of the progression, but also includes case studies of disasters, profiles of relief organizations, and checklists for each stage.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7.62mm | 230g
  • Butterworth-Heinemann Inc
  • Woburn, United States
  • English
  • 0128044632
  • 9780128044636

Table of contents

1. Is Disaster Volunteering for You? The Rewards and Demands 2. Finding and Choosing the Right Volunteer Organization 3. Developing Relevant Training and Education for Deployments 4. Preparation and Practice 5. Predeployment Preparations 6. Psychological Readiness 7. On Deployment I: Setup, Operations, and Self-Care 8. On Deployment II: Continued Operations, Winding Down, and Getting Back to the "Real World" 9. Postdeployment
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Review Text

"What makes this book unique is that the author endeavors to include everything an individual would need to know about international volunteering in one publication.

The author successfully creates a practical guide for current international disaster volunteers and those who are interested in becoming volunteers." --Security Management
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"What makes this book unique is that the author endeavors to include everything an individual would need to know about international volunteering in one publication.

The author successfully creates a practical guide for current international disaster volunteers and those who are interested in becoming volunteers." --Security Management
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About Michael Noone

Michael Noone has more than 20 years' experience in emergency response, with international deployments to the Dominican Republic, Haiti following the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, the Philippines following Super-typhoon Haiyan, and multiple US deployments with the federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) CA-1. He currently works to coordinate public health disaster response for five counties in Southern California with a population of 15 million, and was previously the Emergency Coordinator with the Orange County Health Care Agency.
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