MRPC News Release

For immediate release
May 18, 2017

For more information, contact
Anne Freand at (573) 265-2993

Registration deadline fast approaching for MRPC, HSOC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
June 3-4

ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) are sponsoring a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training June 3-4 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James MO, 65559. Registration deadline is May 19.

The class aims at providing citizens within the community with skills to perform essential lifesaving functions while waiting for the professional responders to arrive following a disaster. Each class is approximately 16 contact hours and is spread over two days – Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 4 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

CERT has become a highly sought after course by citizens groups, corporations and school systems to train employees how to handle emergencies and disasters. Course topics include disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization.

Seating is limited for the class and priority will be given to individuals or groups within Region I – Crawford, Dent, Laclede, Maries, Phelps and Pulaski counties.

To register or for more information contact MRPC Senior Community Development Specialist Anne Freand at 573-265-2993 ext. 105 or via email at

Funding for the training is provided by the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the Missouri Office of Homeland Security.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 25, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

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