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Crisis management course offered

ALBANY, Ga. -- In the event of a school-based incident, school administrators, rural law enforcement officers and other emergency responders must be prepared to quickly take control of the situation.

The Rural Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) plans a day of training for those responsible for school security 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15 at the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, 1302 Evelyn Ave. According to officials of the RDPC, the free course will provide participants a foundation of knowledge and skills to progressively establish a school-based emergency response plan and crisis management team through information sharing and training.

A news release from the RDPC stated that the instructor-led course was developed by University of Findlay (Ohio), an academic partner of the consortium, and is specically aimed toward school administrators and emergency respondors.

Registration is required to participate in the course. The deadline for registration is July 1. Contact Thomas Kendrick at tkendrickdougherty.ga.us or (229) 430-6515.

According to the RDPC, the consortium was established by Congress and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and deliver relevant all-hazard training in support of rural homeland security requirements. All courses offered by the RDPC are tuition-free.