Peter Killcommons, MD, is the founder and CEO of MedWeb, a medical imaging, teleradiology, and telemedicine company that offers products to medical organizations around the world. MedWeb supports many philanthropic missions, and Dr. Peter Killcommons also aids initiatives on his own. The World Cares Center is one of the causes Dr. Pete Killcommons personally supports.
Founded in 2001, the World Cares Center strives to create a community of organizations dedicated to disaster preparation and relief. One of the center’s many initiatives is its Disaster Volunteerism Academy, which provides practical training to individuals, community leaders, and disaster relief volunteers who seek to further their community involvement.
The academy delivers general readiness training, as well as courses at introductory, advanced, and leadership levels. At the advanced level, three courses are offered:
1. Comprehensive Flood Response Safety: Participants learn about environmental hazards, safety precautions, and the proper way to use various personal protective equipment (PPE). They also study home assessments, and the best methods for removing debris and mold from homes damaged by flooding.
2. Emotional Resiliency for Disaster Workers: The students are taught to recognize and evaluate signs of stress caused by working in this trying field, as well as learn stress management techniques. Students can choose to take a course designed either for those working in natural disaster areas, or areas affected by a pandemic.
3. Pandemic and Ebola Safety for Ancillary Volunteers: This course teaches students about pandemics and how to prepare for the emergency situations they may encounter, from precautionary practices to the proper actions to take should they inadvertently come into contact with the disease.