When you are getting ready for your next trip to an emergency shelter, remember to implement outbreak drills. Those that can help increase preparedness and reduce the stress of the situation are those that are used regularly. You can practice both new and existing drills in your own home, no matter how large or small. There are some places you can practice even if you live in an urban area.
The simplest form of outbreak drills is one that has you get ready for an attack and what happens after it begins. Take a full shower, then get dressed in clean clothing. Close all doors and windows. Turn off the water and telephone systems. When the water and power are turned off, turn off the phone and turn the television off.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and follow a basic hygiene regimen. Make sure that you have comfortable shoes on so that you are comfortable when walking around. You might also want to get a pair of socks or gloves and change into them at least once every hour.
Visit a friend or family member to use the restroom or get something to eat. If you have a small amount of money to spend, you might want to bring a first-aid kit. All it takes is a few minutes to pack one up. It will include bandages, paper towels, a pressure washer, alcohol, duct tape, and tape measure.
During an outbreak drills, people take turns being the “victim.” Each person who is designated to be the victim will give an overview of what they did during the attack. This will give everyone a sense of the crisis as well as some real world examples of what actually happened.
Afterwards, everyone gets a chance to discuss what they needed medication for and what can be done to avoid recurrences. You might decide to go to the emergency room and get all the medical testing done to be certain. Discussing the need for treatment is a very important step to take, but the group will also have to agree upon what that treatment should be. For example, each person might discuss whether they want pain medication or some type of medication that can help relieve their anxiety.
This process is then repeated with food canteens and other items that will help the victims cope with the situation. The next step is to record the details of what happened in the room. The details of what happened will allow you to gather the right information to help others prepare as well. You might record how many times you felt like fainting or what type of odors were in the room.
There are a variety of ways to do outbreak drills. The most important thing is to have a plan to deal with an attack. When the symptoms are still present, you will want to be as much prepared as possible.