Readiness & Resilience Academy

Program Details with Dates and Locations

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In moments of crisis, Southeastern Pennsylvania depends on its non-profit agencies to play a pivotal role in ensuring people have access to critical human services.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania, in partnership with regional emergency management offices, have developed the Readiness & Resilience Academy to help health and human services organizations build resilience and capacity to prepare for, respond to and continue operating after a significant emergency. Using a “train the trainer” model, participants will train and be equipped to return to their agencies to share lifesaving skills and knowledge. If your church serves vulnerable populations in your community, we encourage you to nominate 3 staff members to participate. They will attend four FREE 6-hour sessions scheduled from 9:00am to 3:00pm at a convenient location, beginning in October 2013 and concluding in June 2014. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Summit I – Organizational Preparedness: Level One (October/November 2013)

Summit II – Organizational Preparedness: Level Two (January/February 2014)

Summit III – Communication and Community (March/April 2014)

Summit IV – Vulnerable Populations (May/June 2014)

In addition, we will work with you to schedule FREE CPR/AED/First Aid trainings for your employees at your own site or a convenient alternative location.

Participants will:

  • Gain new skills and knowledge in topics such as personal preparedness, pet preparedness, terrorism, pandemic influenza, psychological first aid, continuity of operations (COOP), disaster communications, community planning, sheltering, and working with vulnerable populations during disaster
  • Be certified as United Way/Red Cross “Partners in Preparedness”
  • Earn Red Cross certifications in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid
  • Develop relationships with local emergency management organizations, including the Red Cross and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Kiley-Zufelt at or 215-299-4067.

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