D9 Developing people’s skills

Disasters
  • In a crisis many skills are needed, but there may be great confusion and chaos. It is important that there are enough people in the community with skills that may prove vital in an emergency. Older people may have valuable skills. People may also have training that they no longer use in their present situation.
  • Useful skills could include keeping good records, organising people or work, building, medical first aid, experience in building water tanks or latrines, health training of all kinds, driving and vehicle repair, catering and managing money. In areas at risk of flooding, the skills of boatmen, lifesavers and people able to swim would prove valuable. Older people may know how to prepare and use herbal medicines and how to collect and use wild plants as food.

Discussion 
  • What skills are most needed in the community? What barriers are there to obtaining training?
  • How can people’s knowledge and skill be shared with others?
  • What skills can be developed? For example do all the people in the community who can swim, also know how to rescue others in the water? Who could teach life-saving skills?
  • What practical steps could be taken to learn skills that are lacking in the community? For example, could several people attend a First Aid course? Could young people be encouraged to consider building or vehicle repair as a career?