American Red Cross Disaster Response Training

John Guandolo is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp who served in the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines as an infantry platoon commander throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also spent close to 20 years working for the FBI as a counterterrorism specialist. Apart from his professional duties, John Guandolo contributes to a number of charitable causes, including volunteering with the American Red Cross.

The mission of the American Red Cross is to alleviate human suffering and provide aid through disaster relief for emergencies like home fires, weather-related disasters, and rescue missions. The Red Cross offers its volunteers several training courses, such as the disaster training program, to help prepare for rescue and relief efforts. Participants who complete the training receive certification that verifies their readiness for disaster response. Other categories of training help prepare volunteers to respond to issues like post-disaster mental health, allowing responders to obtain the necessary credentials to provide mental health services in the wake of a traumatic disaster. Similarly, nursing students are offered a web course on topics like public health in times of an epidemic and sheltering for victims, training nursing staff responders to provide efficient, thorough services in their communities in the event of a disaster.

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Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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