Hostile Environment Awareness Training for Humanitarian Organizations

Courses. Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) for Humanitarian Organizations

The nature of humanitarian organizational staff often requires staff to operate in unstable and insecure environments. Even though an armed conflict may have not yet occurred or hostilities have ceased, there may be periods of unrest caused by uncontrolled elements making use of the current unstable situation in the host country or the settlement of the conflict. In many countries, risks for the personal safety of mission members may also include organized crime, theft, assault and hostage taking. Therefore, certain patterns of security awareness and behavior must be part of the toolbox of each project staff.
The training endeavors to provide comprehensive coverage of the relevant issues in this area and is designed to put participants in stressful situations, preparing them for worst-case scenarios. Essential classroom theory is complemented by simulations of real-life situations.

Course Modules
 Personal Security & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
 Threat Assessment, Task Planning & Mitigation (tailored)
 Information Security
 Understanding and Responding to Threats
 Conflict and Negotiation
 Travel Planning & Journey Management Principles (including vehicle safety, convoys and vehicle recovery)
 Travel Safety
 Cultural Awareness & Gender Specific Considerations (tailored)
 Kidnap and Hostage Survival
 Staying Alive in Captivity (tailored)
 UXO (unexploded ordnance) and IEDs (improvised explosive devices
 Psychological Resilience
 PTES and PTSD:
 First Aid in Hostile Environments
 Medical Training (to include RTCs, ballistic injuries, basic life support and health & hygiene) (tailored)
 Communications Security

Way forward After the Training
Participants will develop a work plan through the help of facilitators that stipulates application of skills acquired in improving their organizations.

Training Evaluation:
Participants will undertake a simple assessment before the training to gauge knowledge and skills and another assessment after the training in-order to monitor knowledge gained through the training.

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