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OmnilertNov 27, 2013 7:38:05 AM3 min read

Cities host public meetings on emergency preparedness

Disasters are dangers that threaten locales across the nation and all over the world. Because the risks of natural destruction are ubiquitous, it is important for communities to take measures to prepare in the event that possibility becomes reality. Cities in Alabama and California are taking steps to get ready to respond to potential disasters.

Public safety meeting in Trussville

Members of the Trussville community will meet to discuss the development of an emergency response team for the city, the Trussville Tribune reported. When professional responders are unable to provide swift aid when disaster strikes, the trained emergency response team can step up and help those around them, whether that be in the workplace or neighborhood.


A course to provide necessary training for the emergency response team is among the items on the agenda scheduled for presentation. The program will train participants in fundamental disaster response skills and teach them how to prepare for disasters specific to their region. The training will help to establish the abilities of team organization, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and fire safety.


The Trussville Civic Center will offer a series of three-hour training sessions starting in 2014. Among the topics to be covered in the modules are disaster psychology, CERT organization and terrorism.


Also up for discussion at the meeting is a class on personal disaster preparedness. The course will include treatment of the issues of home safety and disaster preparedness.


Emergency preparedness gathering in Walnut

The annual Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Seminar is upcoming in the city of Walnut, according to Diamondbar-Walnut Patch. A number of speakers will present at the meeting, such as Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Mario DeFina, the Los Angeles County Area D Disaster Preparedness Office's Brenda Hunemiller and Captain Jeff Scroggin, of the Walnut/Diamond Bar police.


"The goal for this year's seminar," officials said in a press release, "is to have open communication with our local public safety officials and emergency responders."


The Walnut Senior Center will host the event. Along with the opportunity to hear presentations by speakers, participants will also be able to engage with safety vendors about emergency preparedness and to enter giveaways and a raffle. 


Numerous factors go into preparing a community for disasters, such as establishing an emergency response team and providing useful information. Additional measures to ensure safety and minimize the negative consequences of destructive events may include emergency notification systems like Omnilert.