Missouri residents offered three-day emergency preparedness course

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission in St. James, Missouri, recently announced that it is offering a three-day emergency training course in April to the residents of six nearby counties.

The MRPC encouraged residents of Laclede, Pulaski, Phelps, Maries, Dent and Crawford counties who are interested in volunteering to take the 21-hour course on April 11-13 at the MRPC office in St. James. The training will introduce Missourians to the Community Emergency Response Team concept of preparing civilians to organize and train for emergencies, waynesvilledailyguide.com reports.

"When a disaster strikes, those needing help may be your own employees, and having people who are able to act appropriately and professional teams prepares our region for dealing with emergencies," Tammy Snodgrass, the assistant director and environmental programs manager for the MRPC, said, according to waynesvilledailyguide.com.

CERT trainings cover team organization, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations and fire suppression.

"We recognize that this training requires a significant investment of time, and that is because of the importance of the work that volunteers will be doing in emergencies," Snodgrass said, according to waynesvilledailyguide.com. "We hope businesses will support their employees who are interested in attending the training.

The MRPC is seeking to build a stronger, well-trained volunteer base in the six-county region through the free training sessions. The class is sponsored by the MRPC and Missouri's Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee, waynesvilledailyguide.com reports.