Developing the Emergency Response Team
Winter break means Mission Trips for many youth serving organizations throughout the country. Unfortunately, lack of planning results in poor responses from many youth leaders both on the prevention side, as well as the crisis response.
When it comes to foreign travel injuries, it shouldn’t surprise us that there are a significant number of serious injuries that occur each year overseas. Just pause for a second and think of the types of activities that travelers are involved in: construction, hiking, mountain climbing, bluff jumping, scuba diving, white water rafting, and the list goes on.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tracks and reports on the activities which cause the most frequented injury deaths to U.S. citizens traveling abroad (see graph).
In my experience working with organizations throughout the country, few are prepared in-country to deal with an onset serious injury, not to mention the crisis response occurring on the ground back home.
In order to assist the Mission Team Leader to respond to an emergency situation or crisis, I recommend pre-determining an Emergency Response Team to respond to all levels of emergencies. The following is a list of examples for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 emergencies.
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3|
|Lost documents/money/flight||Alcohol/drug abuse||Death|
|Lost participant||Arrest/Criminal Charges||Epidemic outbreak|
|Minor accident/injury/illness||Assault (sexual/other)||Hostage situation|
|Petty Theft||Family Emergency||Kidnapping|
|Road Accident||Injury/Illness -serious||Natural/human disaster|
|Traveler DisciplineTravel Delay||Medical Evacuation||Political/civil unrestTerrorism|