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Wythe County Emergency Management will be offering the following classes through FEMA in the coming months:

Event Security Planning for Public Safety Professionals
May 7 & 8
Event Security Planning for Public Safety Professionals is a 16-hour course designed to educate
small and rural community public safety personnel, as well as local officials, regarding security concerns and considerations involved with planning any event. This course enables participants
to recognize and plan adequate strategies and security measures to prevent or mitigate security
incidents which may occur during scheduled events. The course reinforces the importance and
magnitude of security planning required to execute a safe and effective event regardless of the
size.
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
• guiding principles for event security
• fundamentals of risk assessment (risk, threat, and vulnerability assessments)
• key components of event security planning such as MOAs, emergency action plans, resource
requirements, communications, etc.
• role of actionable security intelligence
• decision-based video scenarios to practice planning for potential incidents, hazards, and
exposures
• event planning exercise


AWR 209 Dealing with the Media: A Short Course for Rural First Responders
April 21
AWR 209 Dealing with the Media: A Short Course for Rural First Responders is a six-hour tuitionfree
course designed to provide rural first responders with the skills and knowledge to quickly
adopt the role of public information officer (PIO) if/when needed and to communicate with the
public through the media. Many rural first responder organizations do not have a full or part-time
PIO on staff. Therefore, in the event that a first responder is thrust into the role of PIO, whether it
be roadside at the scene of an emergency or detailing directions to the public in a crisis situation,
it is important to under-stand how the media works and how best to work with the available media
outlets.
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
• Utilizing the media in emergency and public awareness situations.
• Working with the media at the scene of an emergency.
• Anticipating what news agencies want from the responders at the scene of an emergency.
• Giving interviews that work.
• Writing effective news releases that will be read.

 
 
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