Exercise

THE READY RESPONDERS BOOTS ON THE GROUND EXERCISE

Give survivors a bottle of water, and they drink for a day. Give them the tools to coordinate their own recovery and they can rebuild their lives and their community and be prepared for a future crisis.

While World Cares Center emphasizes the importance of training it understands training alone is not enough. Volunteer responders must be able to practice their disaster management skills in a safe yet realistically simulated environment and cultivate the key relationships that will need to be actualized
when disaster strikes.

In May 2018, WCC launched its newest program, the Ready Responders™ Boots on the Ground exercise (RRN BOG), engaging community members who have taken WCC’s training to put their lessons learned to the test in a simulated disaster situation.

The first volunteer trainees included students from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Latin American Chaplains Association, as well as observers from the NYPD and FEMA. The exercise offered training on flood response and recovery efforts and participants practiced skills in the following areas:

  • Volunteer Reception Center Management
  • Mucking, Gutting, and Mold Remediation
  • Donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment
  • Emotional Resiliency

2018 Sponsors: Brooklyn Brewery, Con Edison, AECOM Tishman, GFP Real Estate, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice

2018 Implementing Partners: Contingency Planning Exchange, First Person Xperience, Ready Rockaway, Rutgers School of Public Health, the Metro New York Community Veteran’s Engagement Board, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, United War Veterans Council, Union Transforming Cyber

2019 Sponsors: Brooklyn Brewery, Con Edison, GFP Real Estate, Bank of America

2019 Implementing Partners: Contingency Planning Exchange, the Metro New York Community Veteran’s Engagement Board, the Good Dog Foundation, Ready Rockaway, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, FDNY, AmeriCorps NCCC, Jersey City CERT, Resilient JC, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Home
Depot (Store #1220), Team Red White and Blue, National Service Corps, The Mission Continues and many more

BOG X 2020: LEARN MORE

Watch the following video to learn more about the training that takes place at an actual RRN BOG simulation.