FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2009
Free program trains residents to respond in disaster situations
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Emergency Management Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office, is offering Community Emergency Response Training for those aged 18 and older who live or work in Kansas City, Mo. The training requires that participants attend all three classes in the series to be certified.
The upcoming classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18, 25 and May 2 at the City’s Emergency Operations Center, 635 Woodland Ave. The classes are free, but registration is required.
The training is designed to help individuals prepare themselves and assist family members and neighbors in the immediate aftermath of a major emergency. Participants will learn how to prepare a family disaster plan and emergency kit, manage utilities and put out small fires, provide basic medical aid, conduct a light search and rescue, organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective, identify and address disaster psychology issues and more. The classes emphasize hands-on practice and conclude with a full functional exercise.
Additional classes are scheduled throughout the year and special classes can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Once a disaster strikes, it’s too late to prepare, and this training helps residents learn basic skills now before the next emergency.
Registration for the class and more detailed information is available by contacting the Training Coordinator, Jennifer Fales, at (816) 784-9304 or by e-mail at Jennifer_Fales@kcmo.org.