22. Upcoming Classroom Training

I thought I’d take a few minutes tonight to share some information I have regarding upcoming free classroom training opportunities. I certainly have a love affair with that word free, don’t I?

First, the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering Pillowcase Project Presenter Fundamentals training for registered Red Cross volunteers. The Pillowcase Project, funded by Disney, provides disaster preparedness training targeted to the 3rd through 5th grade age group. This training session lasts from 6 PM to 9 PM on Wednesday, June 17th at the Red Cross office, 1314 Barnhart Road, Troy, Ohio. Contact lynne.gump@redcross.org to reserve a seat and find out about two online prerequisites: “ Basic Instructor Fundamentals and the Pillowcase presentation video.

Next, for any health professionals, including emergency medical technicians, who are able to get away for a week, FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) has upcoming classes that they would like to fill. An unusual number of attendee cancellations have left their June 21-27 Healthcare Leadership Course (HCL) and their July 6-11 Hospital Emergency Response (HERT) Train-the-Trainer with vacancies. As previously mentioned here, CDP courses are paid for by FEMA grants, including air travel to Atlanta, ground transportation to Anniston, Alabama, lodging, meals, textbooks, supplies, etc. I’ve been there five times myself. To learn more about HCL, HERT and other CDP offerings, visit http://cdp.dhs.gov . To apply for CDP courses, contact dan.cody@fema.dhs.gov .