DURHAM — The Strafford County Citizen Corps has teamed up with the town to offer a free Community Emergency Preparedness Class starting this week.
Every year, portions of New Hampshire experience major flooding and Durham officials are hoping to help educate residents on important steps to take in the event of a flood or other emergency. As part of National Flood Awareness Week, it is offering a free emergency preparedness class.
The class will be held on Wednesdays from March 23 to April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be no class on April 13. A class will also be held on April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Durham Police Department.
The free course includes topics such as Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Psychology, Fire Safety, Safety Strategies Involved in a Terrorist Incident, Incident Command Systems, Light Search and Rescue, as well as First Aid and CPR certification through the American Heart Association.
“The whole class is to empower people to take care of themselves and their neighbors during an emergency,” said Samantha Brann with the Health and Safety Council of Strafford County. “We teach them how to not put themselves into further danger.”
Participants will also learn how to prepare communication plans, how to prepare food during a disaster and what precautionary steps to take.
For more information on the Community Emergency Preparedness training, or to register, contact Samantha Brann at the Health and Safety Council of Strafford County at 335-0168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.