1. Be sure you’ve completed/updated a Reservist Profile with us. (Create A Reservist Profile)
2. Complete the required FEMA Trainings and ensure those are uploaded to your Reservist Profile. Once completed, you can e-mail all three of your certificates to be uploaded for you! Simply send them to: email@example.com
a. FEMA ICS 100: https://emilms.fema.gov/IS0100c/curriculum/1.html
b. FEMA ICS 200: https://emilms.fema.gov/IS.200c/curriculum/1.html
c. FEMA ICS 700: https://emilms.fema.gov/IS0700b/curriculum/1.html
d. Need help? Send us a message and we’ll do our best to help you.
3. Remember the most important part about Disaster Deployments: flexibility. Things won’t always be perfect. As one of the leaders in the field, we do our best to ensure a smooth deployment for you. However, each disaster is different and we are all occasionally adjusting in real time. Flexibility helps everyone stay calm and productive no matter the circumstances.
4. Have your documentation ready. You’ll need the following things when you arrive on-site:
a. Immunization records
b. I-9 identification (https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/acceptable-documents)
5. Have an emergency plan in place for childcare, pet care, employment leave, and residential care. Deployments often have only hours of lead-time before we need you on-site. Having a plan in place for all of these things means you’re able to take positions as soon as we call you!
6. Have a go-bag ready! Some things you might think about including:
a. One week’s worth of scrubs or class-appropriate work attire
b. The basics: cash, watch, toiletries, chargers, etc.
c. Paper and pencil (a small notebook for orientation and other meetings is a good idea)
d. Snacks: protein bars, trail mix, etc.
7. Be ready for a life changing experience! You can expect to meet lifelong friends, to have truly unforgettable moments, and to save lives!