One of the best ways you can get involved with global disaster response is to be prepared!
Being ready to deploy at any time is a very helpful way to get involved. Here are some recommendations
- Take the UN’s Basic Security in the Field training at any time. It is required of all volunteers who are deployed through the Center for Global Health. You can access the training here: https://training.dss.un.org/courses/login/index.php
- Make sure your passport is good for at least 6 months into the future, as this is also a requirement for anyone who wishes to be deployed.
Make sure you are up to date with all your required vaccines. While individual countries may have specific requirements, a list of the most commonly required vaccines can be downloaded here.
All healthcare workers should already be up to date with Influenza, Hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and Varicella. These are required. Check with your physician if any questions. Hepatitis B and measles are significant and dangerous problems in developing countries. See the CDC reference for routine vaccinations.
Have a “go-bag” ready to go at any time. Having a “go-bag” is considered a basic security measure. This is a small bag with essential items that you can grab if you have to “go” somewhere quickly, i.e. evacuate in case of emergency. This should sustain you 1-2 days even if your main luggage is lost or inaccessible. Pack accordingly, missions vary in requirements, carry on and checked baggage has weight limit requirements.
An exhaustive list of what could go into a “go-bag” can be downloaded here. Be aware that not all missions will require all items.
Prepare an NGO CV (sample template)
Briefing prior to deployment of first MGH team to respond to Typhoon Hayian, Nov 2014.