1) Go to http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/crslist.asp
and take IS-700a, IS-100b, IS-800b, & IS-200b (preferably in that order). You need to understand how emergencies are managed.
2) Don't deploy with "toys". Leave the QRP and experimental stuff at home. Get a good dual band mobile and antenna system and learn how to "use" it. I mean learn every function on the radio.
3) Study for and pass the General license exam.
4) Be a net control station, regularly.