SAFETY, FUNCTION, ACTION is a framework of six strategies for achieving and maintaining a high level of disaster health and well being. “Disaster health” was introduced as a concept and discipline in Homeland Security Presidential Directive-21 (HSPD-21). SAFETY, FUNCTION, ACTION defines “disaster health” as, “Maximal safety in situations of threat, optimal function in situations of high stress, and effective action in response to emergencies, disasters, and extreme events.” To remain congruent with HSPD-21, SAFETY, FUNCTION, ACTION integrates elements of disaster medical care, public health, and behavioral health within a single framework.
SAFETY FUNCTION ACTION is dually focused on disaster responders and the disaster survivors they serve. As a result, the framework also introduces two “SKILL SETS”: a "PREPARE" SKILLS SET focused on responders, and a "RESPOND" SKILLS SET focused on support for survivors.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Define the precepts (goal, three keys, and six strategies) of Safety Function Action.
- Practice the strategies and tactics of Safety Function Action.
- Apply Safety Function Action strategies to self and other disaster responders to optimize personal and team function in daily operations and during disaster duty.
- Apply Safety Function Action strategies to aid disaster survivors during the warning, impact, and post-impact phases of disaster.