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Homeland Security Course on Mass Fatalities

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Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is bringing
 FREE Department of Homeland Security-certified course on Mass Fatalities Planning and Response to Warrenton, Missouri

Catastrophic disasters often impact rural areas and the human cost can be very high. In these times of crisis, small, rural communities are often ill-equipped with facilities to manage large numbers of casualties. When the time comes, communities must be prepared to use available resources in order to properly manage the remains that will result.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is making it easier for emergency responders in and around Warrenton, Missouri to be prepared for such events by delivering a free U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course in mass fatality planning and response for rural communities.  This eight-hour instructor-led course will be offered on March 1, 2013 from 8am-5pm at Warren County Administration Building, 101 Mockingbird Lane, Warrenton, MO.  This course gives participants the basics of mass fatality response while providing the opportunities to exchange rural perceptions and brainstorm solutions to simulated emergencies.
Participants will learn both in a classroom-lecture setting and through group activities. Regardless of the agencies or organizations that respond, whether they are governmental agencies or private or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the responsibility to coordinate and manage these outside resources rests with local authorities making this training a valuable asset in learning more about planning and response. The course will assist participants in defining a mass fatality incident; listing the types of mass fatalities incidents and possible scenarios in their respective jurisdictions; identifying the principle duties and objectives of a rural community following a mass fatality event; identifying possible locations that may be utilized during a mass fatality response; and designating the stakeholders involved and resources needed in the response.
Registration is required for this course.  Register by February 15, 2013 to confirm your seat. To register for this course, please contact Jack Raetz at or 

It is strongly encouraged that students have a working knowledge of the Incident Command System/National Incident Management System which is gained through completion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) IS 100, IS 700 and IS 800.

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 wherein 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 East Tennessee State University, 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.

As a strategic partner to the RDPC, The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky. is responsible for technology 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.

For further information, contact Jessica Melton at (606) 677-6000, or email the Consortium at  To register for the course or schedule any of our other courses, visit our web site at contact the RDPC by phone at (877) 855-7372.