The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 1, 2013

Red Cross in Pittsburg to offer disaster classes, other training to public

The American Red Cross Service Center in Pittsburg will offer several free disaster training classes beginning Jan. 12.

Bev Largent, longtime volunteer instructor for the Red Cross, will offer “Disaster Services Overview” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the First United Methodist Church, 415 N. Pine St. The class is the basic prerequisite for all further disaster training classes.

If there is enough demand, the overview class will be repeated one Saturday in February at McPherson Hall, the nursing building at Pittsburg State University.

Carpools of volunteers will travel from Pittsburg and Fort Scott to Wichita for an all-day training session on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Disaster Action Team classes provide training for volunteers to respond to single-family fires and other such emergencies in their communities.

Jonathan Tower, volunteer instructor from Labette County Red Cross, will teach “Shelter Operations and Shelter Simulation” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg.

“Client Casework,” a class teaching Red Cross methods of working with clients in times of disaster, will be offered in February at McPherson Hall at PSU, but no date has been announced yet. A “Disaster Assessment” class will be held the Sunday after the “Client Casework” training. It will teach volunteers to estimate structural damage at the time of an emergency or disaster. Students in that class will need to complete an online component before attending the Sunday classroom session.

In March, Janet Crosby, a Red Cross nurse, will present “Health Services Response Workshop” at PSU. This class provides training for nursing students, nursing assistants, nurses and physicians to assist in Red Cross response to disaster situations. No date has been announced.

All Red Cross classes are free, but anyone who is interested must call 620-235-1436 to register.

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