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Free Department of Homeland Security-certified course offered on responding to rural America functional needs in Erie, Pa.

January 9, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

ERIE, Pa. - When planning for a catastrophe, all components of the community need to be considered.

There are those who are unable to adequately manage their own part in an emergency management plan without some degree of assistance from others. When a disaster strikes, what are the plans for the elderly or children? What are the plans for those in nursing homes or other types of assisted-living facilities? All of these and more should be considered before the catastrophe occurs.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is providing first responders and others in Erie, Pa., with the planning and management-level skills they need to plan the efforts needed ensure the safety of those with functional needs, particularly those housed in assisted-living facilities and nursing homes during a crisis event in a free Department of Homeland Security-certified course.

This course will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Erie County Department of Public Safety, 2880 Flower Rd., Erie, Pa., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., giving participants basic competencies associated with resource management and provides enough information to ensure rural areas can effectively plan for the worst.

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 ensure each distinct component of the community is considered.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. To register for this course, contact Nicole Dorman at (814) 451-7921, or

The prerequisites for this course are ICS 100, IS-197.EM and IS-200.b-ICS. Also, participants should have a working knowledge of emergency operations, management and homeland security practices and functions on a management level. 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.

RDPC is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency National Training and Education Division partnership of academic institutions with a vision of creating an environment wherein rural communities across America will have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to enhance the safety, security and quality of life for their citizens.

For further information, contact Jessica Melton at (606) 677-6000, or email the Consortium at To schedule this or any other RDPC training, visit the Consortium web site at contact RDPC by phone at (877) 855-7372.



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