WIFSS Experts Train WV Disaster Response Teams
Chris Brunner – May 17, 2018
The RDPC Management 448 class was delivered in Sutton, West Virginia on April 17. The target audience had representation from all levels of local, state and federal government agencies, with an emphasis on roles & responsibilities of the West Virginia Rapid Response Team. A working lunch was presented for further objectives for the Rapid Response Teams. The course was taught by Tracey Stevens, an Instructor and Trainer with WIFSS
West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Deputy Commissioner, Joe Hatton actively participated in the training with positive regards to the future of West Virginia Agriculture and the statewide stakeholders. A planning meeting was held at the State Department of Agriculture in Guthrie, WV, the following day with the local point of contact, Judith Ashcraft; Deputy Commissioner Roy Mc Callister, Mr. Hatton, and Instructor Tracey Stevens. A request for a Regional Training Conference for the states of West Virginia, D.C., Kentucky, Virginia, and New Jersey, has been planned for October of 2018, in which both the RDPC AWR 328 and MGT 448 courses will be delivered.
The management level course MGT 448 provides emergency planners, community leaders, veterinarians, animal control personnel, government and non-government agencies and public health agencies with the background information needed to participate in the development of disaster response plans that could be included within the existing operational area.
MGT 448 is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), and WIFSS. DHS gives certificates to those completing the course which can be used as proof of training to become part of a disaster team responding to disasters.
Additional deliveries of this course are being delivered all across the U.S. For more information about upcoming trainings, or to request a course delivery in your area, please visit the course website.