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, their community, and be prepared for a future crisis.”

World Cares Center has addressed the need for training, but training alone is not enough. We must practice the skills that we have learned before a disaster in a safe yet realistically simulated environment, and allow relationships to be forged that will be actualized when disasters strike.

In May 2018, we launched our newest program, the Ready Responders™ Boots on the Ground exercise (RRN BOG), engaging community members who have taken WCC’s training, and allowing them to put their lessons learned and response capabilities to the test.

The 2018 RRN BOG was tailored around flood response and recovery efforts. Participants practiced volunteer reception center management, mucking, gutting, and mold remediation, donning and doffing personal protective equipment, and emotional resiliency.

Sponsored by Brooklyn BreweryCon EdisonAECOM TishmanGFP Real Estate, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the first RRN BOG was hosted in May 2018 on Randall’s Island, and supported by partners including Contingency Planning Exchange, the Metro New York Community Veteran’s Engagement Board, the Good Dog Foundation, Ready Rockaway, and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Participants including students from the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Latin American Chaplains Association were in attendance, as well as observers from agencies including the NYPD, and FEMA.

The Ready Responders Boots on The Ground