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Title: Lesson 2: PreDeployment


1
Lesson 2 Pre-Deployment
2
Introduction
  • Congratulations! Youve been selected to be a
    DEMPS Volunteer.
  • This lesson reviews ways you need to prepare for
    deployment, including
  • - Personally
  • - Financially
  • - Medically

3
Introduction
  • Pre-deployment encompasses all of the
    DEMPS-related activities that happen prior to
    disaster response.
  • Pre-deployment activities for Volunteers include
  • - Volunteering
  • - Verification of information
  • - Confirmation of readiness
  • - Preparing for deployment

4
Lesson Topics
  • Reasons to deploy
  • Individual deployment readiness
  • Family deployment readiness
  • Travel
  • Compensation
  • Packing and supplies
  • Flexibility
  • Deployment Area Specific Information (DASI)

5
Learning Objectives
  • Explain the reasons why one should and should not
    volunteer for DEMPS deployment.
  • Identify the necessary personal, medical, and
    financial preparations that must be taken care of
    prior to deployment.
  • Prepare a Family Care Plan.
  • Identify deployment requirements related to
    travel and compensation.
  • Pack appropriately for a 14-day mission.
  • State the ways in which DEMPS Volunteers must be
    flexible.

6
Reasons to Deploy
  • You should deploy because you wish to help those
    in need.
  • Deployment should be a personal choice.

7
Reasons to Deploy
  • You should not deploy because of a desire
  • for
  • Overtime
  • Comp time
  • Bonuses
  • Recognition

8
Individual Deployment Readiness
  • Prior to deployment, you need to prepare.
  • You will meet face-to-face with your DEMPS
    Coordinator.

9
Individual Deployment Readiness
  • Keep your Volunteer information current and
    up-to-date.
  • Ensure you have appropriate checklists.
  • Be ready personally, financially, and medically.

10
Individual Deployment Readiness
  • You should examine any personal situations that
  • may be adversely affected by a deployment,
  • including
  • Personal responsibilities
  • Health and diet concerns
  • Financial obligations
  • Ability to work the required shifts
  • Ongoing special projects
  • Clinical workloads

11
Individual Deployment Readiness
  • The pre-deployment checklist will help you
    prepare for deployment.
  • The checklist contains specific personal and
    VA-related items that you should bring with you
    when deployed.
  • Remember to charge your personal cell phone prior
    to deployment.

12
Family Deployment Readiness
  • Complete a Family Care Plan, which contains
  • - Vital information to keep household running
  • - Emergency information
  • The DEMPS Volunteer Deployment Guidebook provides
    questions to guide your Family Care Plan.
  • Give your DEMPS Coordinator contact information
    for your family.

13
Travel
  • Your travel plan must be in FedTraveler.
  • All travel plans must be approved prior to
    deployment.
  • If for some reason your ticket must be purchased
    outside of FedTraveler, you still must have an
    approved travel plan in FedTraveler.

14
Travel
  • If you have a government credit card, bring it.
  • Be on time for your flight.
  • Have your point of contact and phone numbers with
    you.
  • Contact your DEMPS Coordinator when you arrive at
    the destination airport and site.

15
Compensation
  • Your compensation while deployed will be based
    upon your current VA pay.
  • If you are required to work overtime, you will be
    compensated at the appropriate level.
  • All work hours must be documented and verified.
  • You will earn comp time for your travel.
  • You will accrue annual leave as usual.

16
Packing and Supplies
  • Pack for 14 days, including sufficient clothing
    for 14 days.
  • - Laundry facilities may not be available
  • Clothing should be appropriate to duties.
  • Bring comfortable footwear.
  • - Sufficient support for long days or cement
    floors
  • - Steel-toed shoes, if working environment
    necessitates
  • Bring medications.

17
Packing and Supplies
  • Bring your VA ID
  • Take enough toiletries for deployment period
  • Consider items such as
  • - Bug spray
  • - Flashlights
  • - Cell phone and charger
  • - Travel alarm clock
  • Specialty items such as batteries for tools may
    need to be purchased at the site or brought by
    vehicle.

18
Packing and Supplies
  • What NOT to bring
  • - Golf clubs
  • - Weapons
  • - Alcohol
  • When packing, remember this is work, NOT a
    vacation.

19
Flexibility
  • Prepare to be flexible during deployment.
  • Disaster is not business as usual.
  • Flexibility may require you to
  • - Take on different job duties
  • - Adjust travel plans or schedules
  • - Adjust to new time zones and work shifts
  • - Stay in austere housing conditions
  • - Change venues
  • - Work with outside organizations

20
Deployment Area Specific Information
  • Prior to deployment, you will receive information
    about the location from your DEMPS Coordinator.
  • You will be informed about
  • - Weather
  • - Geography
  • - Local transportation, meals, and lodging

21
Summary
  • In this lesson, you learned about the various
  • preparations you must make prior to departure
  • on a deployment mission including
  • How you can make sure that you are ready to
    deploy personally, financially, and medically.
  • What checklists you should use to prepare.
  • Details about packing, travel, compensation, and
    deployment site conditions.
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