Consortium training for catastrophic disasters

TUSTIN — The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is making it easier for emergency responders in Osceola County to be prepared for catastrophic disasters by offering a free U.S. Department of Homeland Security-certified course in mass fatality planning and response for rural communities.

The eight-hour instructor-led course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Kettunen Center, located at 14901 4-H Drive in Tustin. It will provide participants the basics of mass fatality response, while offering opportunities to exchange rural perceptions and brainstorm solutions. Participants will learn both in a classroom-lecture setting and through group activities.

The course will assist participants in defining a mass fatality incident, listing the types of mass fatalities incidents and possible scenarios in their respective jurisdictions, identifying the principle duties and objectives of a rural community following a mass fatality event, identifying possible locations that may be utilized during an event and designating the stakeholders involved and resources needed in the response.

It is recommended that students have a working knowledge of the Incident Command System/National Incident Management System gained through completion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency IS 100, IS 700 and IS 800.

The deadline to register for the course is Jan. 4. Those interested in signing up can do so by contacting Jeff Weber at (231) 832-7351 or, or by visiting

For more information about the course, contact Jessica Melton at (606) 677-6000, or email RDPC at