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Webster County Sponsers Disaster Classes

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Webster County is preparing its community for this tornado season with classes on disaster relief.

KSMU's Erika Brame has more.

Missouri has already experienced several weather related disasters this year alone and Webster County wants its citizens to be prepared.

The Citizen Corps Council is launching a new preparedness initiative after multiple disasters.

The group has scheduled two public meetings this month.

One will be held on March 18th at 6:30 pm at the Marshfield City Hall and the other one will be March 20th at 7:00 pm at the Seymour High School cafeteria.

Jaci McReynolds is the Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and is a volunteer member of the Citizen Corps Council.

She says these meetings are designed to give citizens the tools they need to be safe until first response teams can arrive.

McReynolds says the Citizen Corps Council is sponsoring classes in April for citizens who would like to join the Community Emergency Response Team also known as CERT.

"The classes are about 20 hours of in the class instruction, hands on practice, and then we end with a disaster simulation."

She says in emergency disaster situations local citizens of CERT can aid their local community until first response teams can arrive.

"In those situations certain members can go out and provide life search and rescue, basic fire suppression, and basic medical response. In order to sustain themselves, their family, their neighborhoods, and even their community until better trained first responders can arrive on the scene."

For more information you can call 417-830-9511.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame