The newly formed Barry County Disaster Preparedness Committee will host Red Cross training at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Cassville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 7.
"The training is free," said Amy Patillo, Committee member. "The Barry County Care Center and the First Baptist Church will be providing lunch free of charge. Janice Travis, of the American Red Cross, has volunteered to provide bottled water. She will also be leading the training."
The Red Cross training session will be open to the public, and all community members are encouraged to attend.
"This training is important to Barry County so that we as citizens, neighbors, business owners and volunteers can be prepared in the event of a disaster," said Patillo. "The Red Cross training will prepare us to act as volunteers and organizers whereever there is a need. If you are unable to attend, please consider sending someone from your organization."
Individuals interested in participating in Red Cross training are asked to e-mail Patillo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Patillo plans to provide Travis with a list of participants prior to the training so that Red Cross training certificates can be prepared in advance.
"David Compton indicated that he would like to follow up the Red Cross training with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at some point," said Patillo.
Individuals interested in participating in CERT training are encouraged to contact Patillo.
In addition to planning Red Cross training, the Barry County Disaster Preparedness Committee has formed sub-committees to establish plans for mass shelter facilities and public education.
Jackie Hendrix and Sue Hood have volunteered to chair the facilities committee, and Kathleen King and Travis will chair the education committee.
The Barry County Disaster Preparedness Committee is also working to educate local Hispanic and Hmong residents about disaster preparedness.
"This committee has proven to be invaluable, and we look forward to every one's continued involvement," said Patillo. "The involvement and expertise of our community members have made it a true success. Thank you to all who continue to volunteer your precious time and resources."
For more information on the committee or taining, call Patillo at 847-3386.