Preparedness Academy May 20-24 – 2013 in Joplin


Academy 2013 to Educate For Emergencies

American Red Cross training set May 20-24 in Joplin.

You should be prepared to bounce back from a disaster, and the American Red Cross is ready to educate you to do just that through its “Academy 2013.”

The Academy is offering speakers and courses aimed at individuals, businesses and organizations such as houses of worship and responders to emergencies. The event sponsored by the American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region will be from May 20-24 at Billingsly Student Center in Joplin in partnership with Missouri Southern State University. Participants may attend a single course, a day or all five days.

This will be an opportunity to learn step-by-step actions to prepare communities with free tools and courses, and give individuals a map for preparing their neighborhoods to adapt and recover from a disaster.

“Government and community leaders can focus on keeping their important services and facilities up and running,” Terra Jeffres, Community Resilience Coordinator of the chapter, says. “And we all can work on getting the tools we need to collaborate with one another.”


Each day’s will include a featured speaker during the 8:00 am opening session.

Monday, May 20 — Darren Fullerton, MSSU Vice President of Student Affairs, on his history of involvement with disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Tuesday, May 21 — Rob Dixon, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Business Assistance and chair of the Springfield-Greene County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) Economic Recovery Committee, on business disaster preparedness, resources for recovery and a plan for a Business Recovery Center.

Wednesday, May 22 — Keith Stammer, an Emergency Management Director, on lessons he learned from the Joplin tornado response in May, 2011.

Thursday, May 23 — Angie Besendorfer, Assistant Superintendent of Joplin schools, on school preparedness and recovery efforts after the destructive tornado.

Friday, May 24 — Ryan Nicholls, Director of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), on the importance of preparedness as well as collaboration and coordination among agencies.



“In our courses we’ll give participants the knowledge and free tools for what I call ‘Preparedness Plus.’ It shows that having a kit, making a plan and knowing your neighbors all lead to being more resilient,” Jeffres says.

The courses are organized along topics of interest: Organizational Resilience Track, Disaster Response Track, Health and Safety Track and Red Cross Aquatics Classes.

Seminars range from “Ready Rating for Schools or Organizations,” “Active Shooter in Schools or Organizations,” and “Getting Your Congregation Involved in Disaster Response” to Red Cross training courses such as “Shelter Fundamentals” and “Psychological First Aid.”


The opening sessions and courses are free with the exception of the instructor course for First Aid/CPR/AED ($500) in the Health and Safety Tracks. The Lifeguard Certification Course ($300-$350) and Water Safety Instructor Certification Course ($250-$300) have pre-test swimming requirements. The deadline for aquatics class registration is May 9.

Participants can enroll for meals ($20 a day for breakfast and lunch) and lodging ($15 a night at campus housing) when registering if desired.

The Academy 2013 course catalog, registration form and more information is available by emailing or by calling toll free (866) 206-0259.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at



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