Emergency Management Training

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"Ok, who is not able to get out of their home? Who do we need to assist in getting them out of their homes if they need to or assist them in putting a supply kit together."

That is just one of several questions the Barren River Area Development District and the Kentucky Emergency Management Services are trying to answer for those attending the CERT class.

This four-hour course helps educate citizens on disaster response while helping to free up first responders' services during a disaster.

"The responders' frequently get overloaded because of the number of calls...the number of people needing help," says area EMS director Gary Fancher.

Which means there is less help to go around in a time of crisis says BRADD official Jana Rae Conway.

"Meeting the first responders before a disaster occurs is really the most important thing about the training that they're going through and what they're learning is to be able to work with those first responders."

The classes are broken down into categories: Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps, Community Emergency Response, and Police Service.

They also instruct students in the course to prepare a survival kit full of food and other much-needed items in case a major incident should occur.

Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for BRADD, Jana Rae Conway says that the importance of having these classes is making people feel comfortable with aiding themselves and others in times of distress.

"You're not able to not panic, in other words, you're avoiding pressing that panic button when you get prepared so that you're actually able when the disaster comes 'Oh, I've got the supplies together, this is what I need to do," and you go to it." adds Conway.

To view a brochure with more information on how you can protect your family click here, and visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov or www.protectyourfamily.ky.gov for even more information.

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