Emergency Preparedness Training at KCH

After completing a major Emergency Preparedness Training project for Kansas City Hospice, Kelli Traylor, LMSW, our Staff Development Specialist was featured on the Caveo Learning Blog. She discussed her approach to employee training and shared some great insights!

What tips can you share for companies creating safety or emergency preparedness training?

Run the other way! Just kidding—I breathe, sleep, and eat emergency preparedness.

There is so much that goes into creating and delivering this training, and there is no one way to do it—it is ever evolving and ongoing. This is my baby at KCH & PC. If I were to say one thing, it would be: Don’t do this alone. There are so many resources available out there, including myself. I developed our entire Emergency Operations Plan, and it was a vast undertaking and time consuming. However, I could not have accomplished it alone!

Your training should be fun and creative. Use what is out there. One of my favorite teaching tools I use during winter weather is a YouTube Clip Walk like a Penguin. It’s fun, and it gets the point across. 

I am a big fan of doing the training throughout the year. For example, in the spring, I will do our Severe Weather education—thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, etc. It doesn’t make much sense to do this during the winter months. During the winter months, I will do topics like ice storms, driving in the snow, etc. For these topics, there is a huge advantage for this to be just-in-time training.


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The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. And, our vision is that each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

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