7 Necessary Medical Training & Resources You Should Seek
Part of prepping for a disaster may sometimes involve learning skills that may not be applicable until you face a survival or disaster scenario. Some of these skills can still be helpful in every day life especially if they are medical-related skill sets. There are a wide variety of medical skills you can learn, sometimes free or at a low cost to you. If you take advantage of those medical training courses and resources available to you, the medical issues that may arise in a disaster may be easier to handle.
EMT Training – It’s a great idea to learn basic EMT training. This would allow you to have the same skill set as someone who would arrive at a 911 call.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) – This is a volunteer based emergency response team that can be mobilized during a disaster. Check with your local community to see if they have one.
Volunteer EMS – You can gain valuable first aid skills and knowledge by volunteering for your local community’s emergency response squad. It’s also a great way to serve and give back to your community.
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – This leadership course will help you learn to survive in the wilderness. It also teaches you how to remain calm and collect during a disaster. Individuals that stay calm increase their chances of survival greatly.
Outward Bound – Another great program that will teach you self reliance and how to work with a team in extreme conditions.
Wilderness First Responder – A wilderness training course like this or the NOLS will come in handy if you are stuck in the wilderness because you deal with more improvisation than in an urban setting.
First Aid / CPR / AED – This should be an absolute given for anyone to be honest. You should at least know CPR as that can help you or others around you in every day life, but even more importantly in a disaster. AED training teaches you how to use a defibrillator in case someone’s heart stops.
These courses will give you a head start into medical preparedness for extreme situations as well as great training and knowledge for day-to-day life. Here are some great books to read: