Training FAQs

WHO CAN BE TRAINED?

Anyone 18 years and older can volunteer and be trained!  Thousands of medical and non-medical volunteers from all types of backgrounds will be needed to help during a disaster and are encouraged to use the training modules.

WHY SHOULD I USE THE TRAINING MODULES?

The training modules provide an introduction to PODs. In a public health disaster such as an anthrax attack, PODs will be needed at once in man Bay Area cities and counties. Reviewing the basic information contained in these training modules can prepare you to work in any POD throughout the Bay Area. 

WHEN SHOULD I GET TRAINED?

Now - Emergencies and disasters can happen anytime!  The more volunteers that can be prepared and trained ahead of time, the quicker and safer our response can be.

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES?

Yes there are!  Below are more training opportunities to help prepare you for an emergency.

  • FEMA ICS 100 Training- This is the introductory course to learn about the basic features and principles of the Incident Command System(ICS), a management system designed to enable effective domestic emergency management. This will help you better understand how all Bay Area POD sites are organized and managed.
  • FEMA ICS 200 Training- Learn how to operate efficiently during an emergency using the Incident Command System (ICS).  Provides beneficial training for those who may want to assume a supervisory position in a Bay Area POD..

CAN I BECOME AN OFFICIAL VOLUNTEER IN MY COUNTY?

Yes!  Register as an official medical or non-medical volunteer for your county on the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers of California website.  You may be asked to help respond to an emergency in your county, the Bay Area, or anywhere in the State!