County EMA hosting preparedness classes

Published 3:53am Monday, August 5, 2013

When a disaster strikes or an emergency situation arises, professionals like police, firefighters and paramedics aren’t always near at hand – especially when a disaster is a widespread one. But with the proper training, everyday citizens can provide valuable help in a variety of circumstances until emergency responders can shoulder the load.
Two upcoming classes offered by the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Office will give interested people a chance to learn about preparedness for emergencies and disasters. Both courses are free of charge.
One course – the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness” – will be held Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Elmore County Firefighters Training Facility on Red Eagle Drive in Wetumpka.
The class is designed to help citizens learn how to protect themselves and their families from all types of hazards. Its focus is on how to develop, practice and maintain emergency plans that include necessary actions before, during and after a disaster.
The course covers basic preparedness, natural hazards, technological hazards, terrorism and recovering from a disaster.
“EMA has tailored course materials to specifically address the hazards impacting Elmore County,” said Kim Trost, Elmore County EMA/HS program coordinator.
Anyone 12 or older can attend. Deadline to register is Aug. 8 at noon.
The second course will be FEMA’s 24-Hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class to be held Aug. 12-16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. It will also be conducted at the Elmore County Firefighters Training Facility.
CERT training teaches basic preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, medical triage and treatment, terrorism, CERT organization, and disaster psychology. The course will culminate with a simulated disaster exercise so participants can demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained.
“This is a fun, interactive, hands-on class,” said Trost. “Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level or physical challenges.
The CERT class is open to anyone 13 or older. Deadline to register is Aug. 9 at noon.
Preregistration is required for both classes. For additional information or to register, call Trost at 334-567-6451.

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