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Everyone needs to know what to do in case of an emergency. On this page we've listed some of the training opportunities that are available and exercises that are planned. For additional information, see the Emergency Preparedness section.

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Training Exercises

The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) now requires every community in the United States to conduct a minimum of four Emergency Preparedness exercises every year.

The LEPC is currently planning a local training exercise to be held soon. When the exact dates of exercises are announced, they will be posted here.

Other Training Opportunities


A CPR/AED (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automatic External Defirbilator) class is being offered at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, 211 6th Street, Parkersburg at 6pm on November 7, 2011 (map). If the class goes well, there might even be a brief section on First Aid. There will be light snacks available as well as water and pop. The cost is $20, please make checks out to MOVHD. Please contact Kristine Green at 304-420-1481 or to reserve your spot in the class as space is limited.

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional CERT

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) serves Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood Counties in West Virginia. The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Basic CERT training is FREE! [More about CERT training ...]

West Virginia State Fire School

A list of courses available through WVU. Many are offered at the Parkersburg campus.

Shelter-In-Place Information

The National institute for Chemical Studies has produced a number of documents that provide vital information for sheltering in plane in the event of a chemical spill emergency.

NIMS/ICS Online Training (Source:

Who has to take NIMS and ICS training? Stakeholders [all emergency response agencies, whether government, business/industry, faith-based, or other volunteer organizations] will define the emergency management/response personnel within their jurisdiction, agency, or organization who require ongoing training. This includes all emergency services related disciplines such as EMS, hospitals, public health, fire service, law enforcement, public works/utilities, skilled support personnel, and other emergency management response, support, and volunteer personnel, as follows:

Entry Level:

• FEMA IS-700.A: NIMS, An Introduction

• ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent4

First Line, Single Resource, Field Supervisors:

• IS-700.A, ICS-100, and ICS-200: Basic ICS or its equivalent

Middle Management: Strike Team Leaders, Division Supervisors, EOC Staff, etc.:

• IS-700.A, IS-800.B NRF, ICS-100, ICS-200, and ICS-300

Command and General Staff; Area, Emergency, and EOC Managers:

• IS-700.A, IS-800.B NRF, ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, and ICS-400

NIMS/ICS courses are provided free online, and each only takes an hour or so to do. It is very strongly recommended that all Emergency Planning or Response personnel complete, as a minimum, IS-700.A, ICS-100, ICS-200, and IS-800.B. Every citizen who is interested in how your emergency responders manage incidents, from multiple-car accidents to major disasters, should take at least IS-700.A, ICS-100, and ICS-200. When you have finished the course you will be sent an email link to download your certificate of completion. DO NOT delete the email, but store it in your account for future use. Once you have downloaded your certificate, the only way to get another copy is to use the original email link. Please give copies of your certificates to whoever is responsible for emergency planning at your company or organization. Then they will know whom they can call on to help out in an emergency.

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:07 PM



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