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Class in Farmington Hills Helps You Prepare for Disaster

Training sessions will prepare citizens to rely on each other when emergency workers are unable to immediately help.

Are you prepared to care for yourself and your family for three days if disaster strikes?

The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) will present a free series of Emergency and Disaster Response Training sessions every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 6-Oct. 11, at the in Farmington Hills.  The free training sessions are open to adults and children ages 14 and up who are accompanied by an adult.

The Emergency and Disaster Response Training will prepare citizens to rely on each other when first responders who provide fire and medical services are unable to meet immediate needs. Participants will learn what to expect in terms of emergency services, individual responsibility for preparedness, and life saving skills. Topics will include:

  • Disaster Preparedness: Appropriate actions before, during, and after a disaster.

  • Light Search and Rescue Operations: Strategies and search techniques, with a focus on rescuer safety.

  • Disaster Medical Operations, Part I: Diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.

  • Disaster Medical Operations, Part II: Evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.

  • Disaster Fire Suppression: Safe use of fire extinguishers, hazardous materials awareness, fire suppression strategies, and how to safely turn off utilities.

  • Disaster Psychology: Symptoms experienced by disaster victims and workers.

Participants who complete all six sessions will receive a backpack containing basic emergency preparedness equipment.  To register or for more information, contact EPC Vice Chair Tim Tutak at 248-417-0930 or tim.tutak@live.com

--City of Farmington Hills press release

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