EMERGENCY TRAINING: The importance of being prepared.
It’s important to be prepared in the event of an emergency, whether it’s a medical crisis or natural disaster. This enables quick action, reducing or avoiding dire outcomes.
In Cayman, a number of organizations offer emergency and health-related training, which can drastically reduce the impact of health-related events.
A few well-known providers are Hazard Management Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority and the Cayman Islands Red Cross.
CAYMAN ISLANDS HAZARD MANAGEMENT
Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) offers a broad range of training presentations for the public covering all hazards that the Cayman Islands is at risk from. The presentations address the threats, and provide strategies and guidance for preparing for, and reducing the likely impact, of these threats. These presentations are adaptable to businesses, government agencies and schools from primary through to university.
• All hazards and preparedness presentation
• Earthquake and tsunami presentation
• Hurricane preparedness presentation
HMCI also offer CERT Training for Community Response Teams who assist in preparing and protecting communities in the case of disaster events; Business Continuity Planning overviews of BCP principles and benefits; and guidance for Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) which every government department and agency is required to file, and help ensure quick restoration of operations following a hazardous event.
HEALTH SERVICES AUTHORITY
Alongside their clinical and continuing medical education (CME) training for staff, Health Services Authority also offers health related training for the public.
- Basic Life Support (CPR)
- Heartsaver AED (CPR)
- First aid
- Parent Craft training
- Neonatal classes
- Smoking cessation
- Bariatric counseling
- Nutrition counseling
- Diabetic counseling
The Cayman Islands Red Cross is heavily involved in education and awareness in order to create a better prepared community and build community resilience. The main training programs that they offer are:
- Darkness to light – Stewards of Children
- First aid, CPR and AED training
- Lifeguard training
- Water safety
Additional training is available on request, and there is also regular training for disaster preparedness. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and for pricing.
As well as emergency training, ensuring homes or offices have necessary emergency equipment on hand will also improve the outcome of any health-related events. Necessary equipment will vary by the type of home or office but likely inclusions may be a first aid kit and AED machine.
First aid kits can either be assembled by individuals or purchased complete from organizations such as the Cayman Islands Red Cross, and will contain items applicable to a broad range of occurrences from cuts, to foreign bodies in the eye, to sprains.
AED machines can also be purchased for offices, homes or organizations. Automated External Defibrillators are portable devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, in which the heart stops beating suddenly, starving the brain and other vital organs of blood. An AED checks heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.
Emergency training is useful for the general public and could lessen the severity of emergency event outcomes in the home. It also comes in useful in an office environment.
Companies should ensure they have at least one member of staff trained in CPR and another in first aid. If the company has an AED machine, they should also have members of staff trained to utilize it.
Companies should also keep up-to-date databases of staff medical conditions, if known, and next of kin and ensure prepared evacuation routes and meeting spots are established.
For homeowners a Medic Alert Pack, developed and distributed by Hazard Management Cayman Islands, can also make a difference in an emergency. The pack provides first responders with quick and ready access to accurate information about your medical history, medications and allergies.
Simply fill out the two-sided information sheet, insert it into the Fridge Alert Envelope which sticks to your fridge door, and attach a fridge alert sticker to a front window in your home or condo.
Paramedics and first responders are aware of the stickers and their meaning, so they will know that potentially lifesaving information will be readily available on the fridge. They can quickly locate emergency contact information and other important details that could save a life.
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