In the event of a school-based incident, school administrators, rural law enforcement officers, and other emergency responders must be prepared to act quickly and precisely to take control of the situation. The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is providing these and others responsible for school security in Vidalia, Louisiana with crisis management training on how to effectively respond to an emergency involving a school building or an entire school system.
RDPC will be delivering a free Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course, AWR 148 Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on August 31, 2016 at Concordia Parish School Board, 4358 Highway 84 West, Vidalia, Louisiana. This course will provide participants a foundation of knowledge and skills to progressively establish a school-based emergency response plan and crisis management team through information sharing and training.
The eight-hour, instructor-led course was developed by the Ohio-based University of Findlay, an academic partner for RDPC, specifically for school administrators and emergency responders. This course provides an opportunity for rural law enforcement and school personnel to develop a partnership with regard to school safety through effective collaborative planning, preparedness, communication, and coordination of resources.
Registration is required to participate in this course – Registration deadline is August 17, 2016.
To register – contact: www.ruraltraining.org
Additional targeted audience members include emergency management, emergency medical services, fire services, governmental administrative, law enforcement, public safety communications, and public works.
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 (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Training and Education Division (NTED), partnership of academic institutions with a vision of creating an environment where rural communities across America will have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to enhance the safety, security and quality of life for their citizens.
Current members of the Consortium include; Eastern Kentucky University, The University of Findlay, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, North Carolina Central University and The University of California-Davis. Each of these institutions possesses extensive and unique capabilities relating to rural homeland security preparedness training.
The Center for Rural Development (The Center) in Somerset, KY is the Executive Agent for the RDPC. As Executive Agent, The Center provides grant administration and general oversight of the consortium. Additionally, The Center is responsible for marketing, website hosting and administration, delivery coordination, data collection and reporting, and additional technologies including a large network of interactive television (ITV), videoconferencing, and learning management systems necessary to manage large student populations and deliver courses to rural responders across the nation.