Self Care of the RAD Rapid Deployment Team
Written 2009. Last Updated April, 2014.
‘RAD’ is a short term for a series of documents on Rapid Assessing of Local Wellness Psycho-Social Resources & Resilience Following Disasters
Care of the RAD team is a central aspect of RAD experiential learning. It is understood that RAD Team members may be exposed to:
o lack of security
o an accumulation of potentially stressing traumatic scenes and stories
o difficult living and working conditions
o bureaucratic challenges
Given the foregoing, taking steps to ensure team safety is a paramount consideration
It is recognized that minimum periods be reserved on a daily basis for rest and short regular recuperation periods for team-support
Before sending the RAD team to an emergency context, information is obtained from the Organisation auspicing the Rapid Deployment Team relating to the team’s safety:
i) Security of the urban and rural areas
ii) Areas of military operations or other threatening situations
iii) Protocols at Military Checkpoints and in using security escorts
iv) Security requirements and assets (regulations, clearances, safety jackets, helmets, etc.)
v) State of roads, bridges, airports, availability of transport, communications, etc.
vi) Protocols re video and audio recording, photographing etc.
vii) Securing gathered material and notes against appropriation and theft
viii) Access to the territory (road convoys, river and sea shipping, airlifts and airdrops, “humanitarian corridors”, “windows of peace”, etc.
ix) Prevalence of endemic diseases, vectors, vaccines needed, etc.
x) Availability of medical treatment and evacuation plans/regulations
xi) Presence of unexploded landmines, bombs, and artillery shells
xii) Communication network(s)
xiii) Procedures for international aid agreements
xiv) Rights and authorizations for movements of people and goods (international flights, transit, landing)
xv) Visa, customs regulations, clearance, number of photos needed, etc.
2) At the end of RAD team meetings in the field, team members review together their experience, including:
i. Exploring processes that are working
ii. Unresolved issues and what can be done about them
iii. How issues are being resolved
iv. Learnings about what to do differently next time
v. Group mood changes throughout time in the field
vi. What is working in orienting to local changing context
vii. Sharing vital information and concerns with the whole team
viii. The leader role
ix. The nature and quality of Team interaction
x. Issues with intercultural Interfacing and how to resolve them
xi. Healing Values in Action
xii. How the Team is engaging in self-care
xiii. Adherences to Ethics, Norms and Values
xiv. Maintaining & Evolving the RAD Teams’ Wellness, Psycho-Social Resources & Resilience during the stay in the field
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