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Emergency Management and Preparedness Training for Youth (EMPTY): The Results of the First Swedish Pilot Study.

Journal article
Authors Amir Khorram-Manesh
Johan Berlin
Lina Ljung Roseke
Johan Aremyr
Josef Sörensson
Eric Carlström
Published in Disaster medicine and public health preparedness
Volume 12
Issue 6
Pages 685-688
ISSN 1938-744X
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Institute of Clinical Sciences
Pages 685-688
Language en
Subject categories Disaster medicine, Pediatric surgery


To examine the impact of a simulation training in raising a group of young students' personal and situational awareness in disasters and emergencies.In total, 25 young students participated in two simulation scenarios representing two actual events, fire, and shooting, using a combination of two validated simulation training (Emergency Management and Preparedness Training for Youth [EMPTY]). The changes in their knowledge and awareness were evaluated by using questionnaires and the whole simulation was evaluated by three independent observers and a reference group.New concepts of emergency management, for example, evacuation, and barricading, could be trained in a safe environment. There was a significant increase in students' personal and situational awareness and their active engagement in the management of emergencies.EMPTY could raise the youth basic knowledge and ability to understand the concept of preparedness by being mentally prepared, available for collaboration, gaining a higher confidence, understanding the physical and psychological consequences of a major incident and the importance of their own safety. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018; page 1 of 4).

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