The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a new training called Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) that includes both a web-based, self-guided training, and a downloadable instructor kit that will guide participants on how to identify risks, locate resources, and take preparedness actions.
When community-based organizations (such as AAAs and CILs), are unable to sustain operations during an emergency incident, individuals who rely on them are exponentially impacted. Because of their importance in keeping the community going, OPEN is designed to empower these organizations to better prepare for emergency situations.
The OPEN training provides an overview of the 10 preparedness actions and creates a path forward for organizations to develop their own disaster response plan. Training modules include: mitigating risks, establishing a communications plan, determining essential activities, and more.