Feb 16, 2013

Red Cross, EMA offering training

DARKE COUNTY--According to the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, rural people with functional needs are at greater risk of injury and death during a crisis event than those living in suburban and urban areas. These people require specialized care, transportation, shelter, and medical needs that must be considered before the crisis occurs. This care requires far greater training and preparation on the part of those serving the functional needs population during an emergency, such as caregivers, EMS and other First responders, Health Care, Assisted Living Personnel, Pastors, and other persons who are responsible for planning and response during a disaster.

“This is critical training for Darke County Responders, we welcome all to register for the class and join the American Red Cross and Emergency Management Agency in planning and preparing to meet the disaster needs of our community,” invited Lynne Gump, Executive Director of the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Topics covered include:

* Find and recruit functional needs response partners.

* Engage and educate functional needs populations on personal response plans.

* Integrate functional needs populations into new and existing response plans.

* Develop care provider response plans.

This is a free eight-hour training program designed to educate and aid responders in planning their local response plans. Pre-registration is required at www.ruraltraining.org.

For more information, contact the Darke County Red Cross, 548-1002, or visit www.redcross.org/OH/greenville.

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