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Free Homeland Security-certified course MGT 339 is being offered in Erie, Pa.

January 9, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

ERIE, Pa. - When confronted with a natural or manmade disaster, interconnected infrastructures are subject to disruptions that can have cascading effects that ripple outward from rural areas to regional, national and global systems.

Rural areas, in particular, have more vulnerable supply chains, so rural areas need to be adequately prepared in the event there is an interruption in the flow of goods and services in and out of the community, job loss, loss of revenue, lack of housing, high rebuild costs and a corresponding increase in demand.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is providing first responders and others in Erie, Pa., with the planning and management-level skills they need to develop and implement resource management strategies for rural communities in a free Department of Homeland Security-certified course. This course will be delivered on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Erie County Department of Public Safety, 2880 Flower Road, Erie, Pa., giving participants basic competencies associated with resource management and providing enough information to ensure rural areas can effectively plan for the worst.

MGT 339 is designed as a planning and management level course for practitioners in the emergency services sector, public health, local and state government, emergency management and others involved in the first response community. The training introduces basic principles and skills associated with resource inventory management for small communities and rural areas.

To register, use the following contact information: Jurisdiction Name - Erie; Contact - Nicole Dorman; Phone - 814-451-7921; Fax - 814-451-7120; Email -

The course, developed by NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, Ark., an academic partner for RDPC, enables participants to recognize and plan adequate strategies and procedures to prevent a depletion of much-needed resources in small, rural communities in the event of a catastrophic event.

The prerequisite for this course is ICS 300. Also, participants should have a working knowledge of emergency operations, management and homeland security practices and functions on a management level. This course is targeted toward key members of the rural community - private and public - with the intent of providing them with the skills and knowledge they need in order to complete a comprehensive community-wide resource inventory using tested practices modeled after federal guidelines. They encompass a wide cross-section of the U.S. population, including people of all ages, genders, vocations and backgrounds.

All training delivered by RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, and other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Framework, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.

For further information, contact Jessica Melton at (606) 677-6000, or email the Consortium at To register for the course or schedule any other courses, visit or contact the RDPC by phone at (877) 855-7372.



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