What is Listos?
Listos is a grass-roots disaster preparedness program that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of Spanish-speaking communities. The program is delivered in a format that is both culturally and linguistically appropriate for the target population.
Listos partners with community leaders, jurisdictions, non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools, and other community institutions. By partnering with these organizations, Listos provides disaster preparedness information to the Spanish-speaking community. With a basic understanding of ICS (Incident Command Structure), Listos can instruct the participants in the command structure of First Responders, ensuring communication between Listos graduates and firefighters and police in the event of an emergency.
Our experience in working with First Responders and non-profit groups makes us uniquely able to facilitate and cement the relationships between First Responders and the communities they serve, relationships which are often fragile due to language barriers and imbedded fears on both sides.
The Listos staff is available to support government agencies in reaching their targeted audiences in a professional, culturally appropriate, and safe manner, creating stronger communities, better prepared residents, and solid relationships between citizens and government officials.
The curriculum used is based off of the Spanish-language Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum, which is a 8-week program. Listos extracts the concepts of CERT that are most critical for emergency situations and condenses them into a 4-week discussion series.
The topics covered are as follows:
- Identifying Vulnerabilities
- Fire Extinguisher Use
- Important Document Back-Up
- Disaster Supply Kits
- Utilities Shut-Off
- Creating Reunification and Communication Plans
- Disaster Medicine
- Team Organization
- Disaster Psychology