PreparedEX eLearning

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The PreparedEx online training service provides individuals and organizations with best-in-class crisis, emergency, business continuity and security courses. These courses can be taken at any time and from any location where there’s an internet connection. Our modern delivery platform, as well as the style of delivery, allows users to access all our courses from any modern mobile device. Learning is a critical step in the preparedness cycle and having access to these courses assists our partners in being better prepared for any emergency.

Our Courses

An Introduction to Emergency Operations Centers

To all corporate crisis, emergency, security, communication and business continuity professionals:

  • Do you need to understand how to set up an Emergency Operations Center or War Room?
  • Are you trying to understand how EOC’s are managed during an emergency?
  • Does your EOC not functional as well as it should?

Understanding how to set up and manage an Emergency Operations Center or War Room can be a daunting task. PreparedEx’s team of readiness specialists have years of experience from careers in the military and the emergency response community. Discover how these industry leaders have created a course that provides you with the necessary tools and information that will enable you to create an Emergency Operations Center. Their wealth of knowledge and practical expertise are transferred in this online course through a series of lessons that guide you through the necessary steps to start designing and managing your existing or new Emergency Operations Centers.

This eLearning course is made up of ten lessons with one or more topics within each lesson. Some lessons have a quiz and others don’t.

Course Lessons:

  1. Course Introduction: An overview of the course and a storyline.
  2. Purpose of the EOC: In this topic we discuss the primary reasons EOC’s are created and used.
  3. EOC Staffing Factors to Consider: Understand what it takes to staff an EOC.
  4. Organizing the EOC: This topic focuses on how to best organize the EOC.
  5. Determining Communications Needs: EOC communications are essential. This topic helps you define what your requirements might be.
  6. Determining Information, Systems and Equipment Needs: This topic provides an insight into what information, systems and equipment requirements the EOC should consider.
  7. Designing the EOC: This topic covers the main factors involved in designing and locating an EOC.
  8. Activating and Deactivating the EOC: Implementing a formal activation and deactivation process is essential.
  9. EOC Operations: Learn how to manage an EOC in the midst of a crisis.
  10. Test, Training and Exercises for EOC Operations: This topic talks about the importance of integrating your EOC into your training and exercise programs.

There is a final quiz at the end of the course that requires a score of 75% or higher to receive your certificate of completion. Don’t worry, we give you three attempts.

Certificate: A course certificate of completion will be issued upon completion of the course

Course Resources:

  • Private-Sector Coordination Support Document
  • FEMA EOC Assessment Check List

Length: 60 to 90 Minutes (Average)

Introduction to Crisis Simulation Exercises

The Crisis Simulation Exercise eLearning Course

TO ALL CORPORATE CRISIS, EMERGENCY, SECURITY, COMMUNICATION AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY PROFESSIONALS:

  • Do you need to understand why and how exercises are conducted?
  • Are you tired of the same old boring power point scenarios?
  • Do you want to create a better learning experience for your company?

Understanding how to create engaging and dynamic crisis, emergency, security and business continuity exercises can be a daunting task. PreparedEx’s team of exercise specialists have years of experience from careers in the military and the emergency response community. Discover how these industry leaders have created a course that provides you with the necessary tools to become proficient in exercise management. Their wealth of knowledge and practical expertise are transferred in this online course through a series of lessons that guide you through the necessary steps to start designing, delivering and evaluating your own exercises today!

This eLearning course is made up of nine lessons with one or more topics within each lesson. Some lessons have a quiz and others don’t.

Course Lessons:

  1. Course Introduction: The history of exercises, course objectives and overview
  2. Exercise Types: Learn the differences between the various types of exercises
  3. Objectives and Criteria: Learn how to set exercise objectives and create an evaluation criteria
  4. Scenario Development: In this lesson, learn how to write a scenario that is both creative and customized
  5. Exercise Preparation: There’s nothing worse than not being ready for your training event. This lesson will ensure you and your exercise team are fully prepared
  6. Exercise Process: Learn the importance of the “opening brief” and how simulated actions through role playing can make for a more engaging event
  7. Debrief and Evaluation: Understand how to evaluate the exercise and conduct a thorough debrief
  8. The Exercise Playbook: This bonus lesson provides you with some additional tips and tricks when designing your own exercises
  9. Course Summary: A summation of the course

There is a final quiz at the end of the course that requires a score of 75% or higher to receive your certificate of completion. Don’t worry, we give you two attempts. Certificate: A course certificate of completion will be issued upon completion of the course

Course Resources:

  • A Template MSEL (Master Sequence of Events Log) to help with the development of scenarios
  • An Exercise Guide – A start to finish exercise design guide that will really help you stay organized
  • Terms and Definitions – A synopsis of the most common exercise terms and definitions
  • Corporate War Games – A short case study
  • Blogs – Access to multiple blog articles on the subject of exercises

Bonus Download:

  • eBook – 5 Steps to Creating and Delivering Tabletop Exercises ($37 Value)

Length: 60 to 90 Minutes (Average)

5 Steps to Problem Solving

Whether making ordinary day-to-day decisions or critical, time-sensitive decisions in an emergency, using a standard problem-solving model will help ensure that your decisions are rational and logical.

In this course, you will learn a five-step, problem-solving model. After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe how decisions made before an emergency affect decision making and problem solving during an emergency.
  • Describe the steps in the problem-solving model.
  • Review a case study and distinguish the problem from its causes and symptoms.

Course Lessons:

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Case Study – Mandatory or Voluntary Evacuation
  3. The Starting Point
  4. Step 1: Identify the Problem
  5. Step 2: Explore Alternatives
  6. Step 3: Select an Alternative
  7. Step 4: Implement the Solution
  8. Step 5: Evaluate the Solution

There is a short quiz at the end of some lessons as well as a final quiz at the end.

Course Materials:

  • 5 Steps to Problem Solving Cheat Sheet
  • Step 1 Job Aid: Checklist for Identifying, Defining, and Analyzing Problems
  • Step 2 Job Aid: Criteria for Evaluating Alternatives
  • Step 3 Job Aid: Best Solutions
  • Step 4 Job Aid: Action Planning Checklist
  • Step 5 Job Aid: Checklist for Evaluating the Results

Length: 60 Minutes

Certificate: A PreparedEx certificate of completion is provided after the final quiz has been completed.

Introduction to Crisis Communications Plans

SOME 40 PERCENT OF ORGANIZATIONS DON’T HAVE A CRISIS PLAN, AND THEIR UNPREPAREDNESS IS A GRAVE MISTAKE. BUT EVEN THE CRISIS PLANS THAT MANY  ORGANIZATIONS DO HAVE ARE DEFICIENT. THE REASON IS THAT THEIR PLANS FOCUS ONLY ON OPERATIONS, AND THEY GIVE LIMITED OR NO ATTENTION TO COMMUNICATIONS. “INTRODUCTION TO CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS PLANS” SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING OPERATIONS WELL COORDINATED WITH COMMUNICATIONS IN CRISIS PLANNING AND HOW TO MAKE A CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS PLAN AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF THE OVERALL CRISIS PLAN.

THE COURSE TEACHES…

  • The duties of communications professionals in preparing crisis plans and ensuring that operations and communications are coordinated.
  • The process for communications professionals to use in identifying the crisis scenarios that, if they were to occur, would cause the most damage to the organization.
  • How to prepare communications strategies and tactics for each of the identified highest-priority crisis scenarios.
  • How to strategically disseminate Crisis Plans and their Communications Component to convey the importance of the plans to its recipients.

Introduction to Crisis Communications Plans is one of several in this series on Crisis Communications Plans. Other lessons in this series will cover topics such as…

  • Crisis messaging
  • Your audiences – both internal and external
  • Making employees the eyes and ears of your organization, both before and during a crisis.
  • Preparing crisis document templates that can be quickly finalized during a crisis
  • The crucial role of spokespersons, their training and their rehearsals.
  • Preparing Q&As for crisis scenarios
  • Case studies from two recent corporate crises

Length: 60 Minutes

Course Resources

  • Template for Planning Crisis Communications for Individual Crisis Scenarios
  • Public Statement Guide and Template
  • Template for Categorizing Crisis Scenarios

Travel Security

ORGANIZATIONS HAVE DUTY OF CARE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES WHILE THEY’RE TRAVELING AND WORKING IN FOREIGN ENVIRONMENTS. THIS COURSE WILL HELP YOU:

  • Research your destination and provide guidance on how to develop a travel plan.
  • Understand the potential threats that you may face while traveling.
  • Identify threats and potential situations before they evolve.
  • Know how to respond if a situation unfolds and becomes life threatening.

When traveling to a foreign place on business or for pleasure, it is important that you understand the inherent dangers associated with that country and more specific the city, town or location. Corporations, Governments and NGO’s have a “Duty of Care” responsibility to ensure that the employees and others that represent them are provided with sufficient training to ensure they remain safe and secure while traveling.

This eLearning course is made up of six lessons with a number of topics within each lesson. Some lessons have a quiz and others don’t.

Course Lessons:

  1. Course Overview and Objectives.
  2. Pre-Travel Planning: Discover the types of topics and issues you need to research prior to leaving.
  3. Situational Awareness: Detect surveillance and walk through some of the scenarios you might be faced with.
  4. In-Country Safety: Arrival, transportation and accommodations can present opportunities for hostiles.
  5. Information Protection: Learn how and why cyber thieves and petty criminals want your personal and company data.
  6. Espionage Awareness: Study the top 5 ways your information can be accessed and stolen by an adversary.

There is a final quiz at the end of the course that requires a score of 70% or higher to receive your certificate of completion. Don’t worry, we give you three attempts.

Certificate: A course certificate of completion will be issued upon completion of the course.

Course Resources:

  • A Travel Planner
  • Prep Guide OSAC Ready
  • Business Travel Brochure

Length: 60 – 90 Minutes (Self Paced)