Coming up January 19, 20 and 26-28 will be the next opportunity to learn or update skills for helping in or setting up a local emergency shelter during a disaster.
Everyone here in the Lower Columbia region is well aware that disasters can and do happen here. Winter storms, winds and power outages, and now wildfires, combine with the ever-increasing potential for a “Cascadia event” earthquake and tsunami as part of our price of admission to this neck-of-the-woods where we’ve all chosen to live. January’s course is an opportunity to do something proactive.
A 20-hour, two-weekend Comprehensive Shelter Training taught by Red Cross certified instructors through Clatsop Community College will be offered in five sessions. The first two will be Friday, January 19, 6:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturday, January 20, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The final three sessions will be held the following weekend on the same Friday – Saturday schedule plus a final simulation exercise on Sunday afternoon, January 28th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.
The free course trains and certifies participants in all aspects of emergency shelter operation plus related areas such as Psychological First Aide.
The entire course is free. Classes meet at Clatsop Community College’s Seaside campus, 1455 N. Roosevelt Drive (Highway 101), adjacent Diamond Heating in Seaside.