WCSD offers free training courses

Warren County School District will host a trio of free training courses through the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC).

The courses are: mass fatalities planning and response for rural communities — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14; crisis management for school-based incidents for key decision makers –8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15 and 16; and testing and emergency operations plan in a rural EOC (emergency operations center) — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.

“These courses will continue to enhance and support our emergency planning and preparedness in both the district and the community at large,” Buildings and Grounds Information Specialist Melissa McLean said.

The courses are free and are open to to anyone who would find them valuable.

The goal of the eight-hour mass fatalities training — AWR 232 — is to “teach participants the basics of mass fatality response while providing the opportunities to exchange rural perceptions and brainstorm solutions to simulated emergencies.”

The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 31.

With respect to the school-based incidents course — MGT 417 — “it is imperative that all potentially affected parties collaborate in planning, preparation, communication, response, and recovery in the event of a school-based incident,” according to RDPC. “This two-day course will provide content instruction, develop concept-specific skills, and provide opportunities for law enforcement, school personnel, and community stakeholders to collaboratively apply the course objectives in scenario-based applications.”

The registration deadline is Thursday, Aug. 1.

The emergency operations plan training — PER 294– is an eight-hour course that “provides relevant and valuable training to elected officials” regarding testing plans in an EOC environment, according to RDPC. “The emphasis of this course is a performance-oriented exercise which allows course participants to replicate the roles of various EOC personnel in an effort to test their community’s EOP (emergency operations plans).”

Deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Registration for all of the courses can be handled by visiting www.ruraltraining.org and finding the desired course offering through the map or the schedule.

Participants must have a FEMA student ID number — available for free by visiting cdp.dhs.gov/femasid.