Family resiliency during emergencies is the theme of two FEMA emergency preparedness classes at IU Bloomington this week.
The first class is full but the second class has several openings. To register for the free class, held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m.-noon on Thursday, contact John Summerlot, emergency management coordinator for IU Bloomington, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The classes are hosted by IU Emergency Management and Continuity.
Summerlot said this is only the second and third time this new FEMA class has been offered – the first time was last weekend. The two instructors are members of state emergency response task forces for Texas and California. The class is called Search and Rescue in Community Disasters. It focuses on what families can do before disasters to make sure they’re prepared and then what they do in the moments following a disaster, such as a tornado, fire or earthquake. Students will learn such skills as how to pull a loved one from rubble, how to find family members immediately following a disaster, and how to decide whether to stay at a residence or go to an emergency shelter.