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Renton Offers Disaster Preparedness Educator Course

January 4, 2013

For more information contact:
Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director, 425-430-7027
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

RENTON: Do you have a passion for disaster preparedness? Are you willing to share that passion with your family, friends, neighbors and community? If so, Renton Emergency Management needs you. The City of Renton is recruiting volunteers to take a free two-day course to become disaster preparedness educators. The city plans to establish a pool of educators who can deliver basic preparedness presentations to the public. Individuals who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to participate.

“Our aim is to provide basic disaster preparedness information to the public by using volunteer educators.” says Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director. “We hope to recruit bilingual citizens as educators so we are able to better reach out to our diverse population.” The course is called “Community College Citizen Preparedness Program” (3CP2), and is offered in partnership with Pierce College. The goal is to train people about local hazards, how to reduce risks, and how to be prepared when disaster strikes. Presentation skills and adult education strategies are also covered. At the end of the course volunteer educators will be certified to deliver a basic preparedness presentation.

The course will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013, and Sunday, February 3, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Renton Fire Station 14, 1900 Lind Avenue SW. Lunch will be provided both days. For more information or to register please contact Tyler Esh at 425-430-7054 or email TEsh@rentonwa.gov.