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Emergency radio group hosting free emergency training classes
ELMIRA TWP. — As part of local National Preparedness Month activities, the Northern Michigan Amateur Radio Emergency Services group (NMARES) will host four free emergency training classes.
During those classes, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 at Elmira Township Hall, attendees will obtain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training and receive emergency preparedness information. The courses are being provided at no charge and provide preparation for FEMA certification.
“It’s kind of a unique opportunity because there’s not many places where (people) could sit in on a course and not pay for it,” said NMARES founder and Elmira resident Jim Davis. He said all four courses will last approximately an hour, with two classes scheduled both dates running consecutively. Attendees can attend one or all four classes, said Davis.
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The courses are as follows:
• IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction, Sept. 19. It explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS.
• IS-800, A National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction, Sept. 19. This course introduces the NRP and is intended for Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal staff responsible for implementing the NRP and tribal, state, local and private sector emergency management professionals.
• IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS), I-100, Oct. 17. Course provides foundation for higher level ICS training describing history, features, principles and organizational structure of the ICS. • IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, Oct. 17. This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the ICS.
The event is being held as the DHS is urging the public to use National Preparedness Month to get an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan and be informed about types of emergencies that can happen.
Elmira Township Hall is located at 2035 Mt. Jack Road and reservations for the event are required. Prospective attendees are asked to indicate which course they would like to attend as seats are limited.
These courses are required training for many Amateur Radio Emergency Services and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services.
For more information contact Davis via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link on the Northern Michigan Amateur Radio Emergency Services Web site at www.nmares.net.
More emergency preparedness info is available at www.ready.gov.
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