Monday, January 23, 2012

Foreign Service Overseas Crisis Readiness Online Course

FSI's Transition Center and the Leadership and Management School have put together this short course intended to help U.S Government families and members of household prepare for a crisis overseas. It covers preparations to be done prior to departure for post, and upon arrival at post. It also describes the responsibilities of post personnel who have roles during crisis response and have audio clips from recent evacuees.

The online course includes five modules, a summary and review questions in each module. I find the review quiz pretty tame with softball questions but it may still be useful to take them. (Example: You're going to Kingston, Jamaica, an island with a warm climate, should you pack sweaters and a warm coat?) 

The course is not embeddable so you have to check it out here:
Planning Ahead Overview
A Post
You and the Mission
Evacuations: What They Mean for You
Planning Ahead: Your Personal Plan

At the conclusion of the brief course, there is a useful template for creating a Personal Crisis Preparedness Plan (see pdf below).  There is also an option to print out the materials. Make sure you check out the "Resources" tab at the bottom of the screen. 
Personal Crisis Preparedness Aid (pdf)

Go-Bag List (pdf)
You never know when a crisis might strike, especially overseas. Preparedness is half the battle, so check this out when you can.

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