The Watch and Medical are both part of the Safety Division. Safety this year will operate through many different ways in order to support the online convention.
The Watch is Arisia's team of nerds who have studied how to resolve emotionally challenging and dangerous situations and are volunteering to be sober, aware, and ready to help in case of a situation that compromises the safety of any convention member.
The Watch aims to be a group you can come to in any situation you are concerned about. They are trained in areas including de-escalation, crowd control, bystander training and situational awareness, CPR, and first aid. Watch members go through the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) workshops. They also have contact information for Medical and the Incident Response Team at all times, and also at times act as triage for these two groups. The ultimate goal of many Watch members is to be a safe person; someone who sees trouble before it happens and is ready to help in any physical or emotional emergency.
This will continue to be our main purpose as we our an online convention this year. We’ll be providing support for issues of cyber bullying, online fraud, etc.
Watch members will be online during the con in small groups. These groups are composed of members with an assortment of complementary skills, to be prepared for as many circumstances as possible. The Watch members will spread throughout the online con, checking meeting rooms, programs, and other areas of the online experience .
Our Medical team this year will be focused on providing assistance in psychology first aid including providing information on winter depression and depression related to COVID-19.
The Watch will happily take volunteers and train them to become Watch members. The Volunteer form is at https://www.arisia.org/
If you have been wanting to develop some emergency response skills consider asking a member of The Watch how to go about it. You might learn something really amazing!