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American Red Cross disaster training to be held in Pratt, Kansas

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News release from the American Red Cross office in Crawford County, Kansas:

From June 17 through 22, the American Red Cross CentralKansas Chapter will host a premier disaster training opportunity fororganizations responsible for responding to disasters.

The Kansas Disaster Training Institute sponsored by theAmerican Red Cross will offer more than 50 courses for groups to build thedisaster response capacity of Kansans and to let partner agencies learn fromeach other before disaster strikes.

"To offer this expansive course offering at no cost tothe participant is an incredible opportunity," said Donna Meier Pfeifer withthe American Red Cross. "It's our goal to bring all the partner agenciestogether so we can utilize best practices and ultimately help more people whenthey need us."

Taking place at the Pratt County Community College, 348Kansas 61, Pratt, Kan. 67124, the week-long institute will draw nationally renowned key-note speakers and instructors who willteach from their first-person experiences. Courses and key-notes range from helpingrural counties recover to the future of disaster relief coordination. TheDisaster Institute will cover all aspects of complex, multi-organizationalresponses the Midwest has become all too familiar with.

"Disasters are not the time for introductions, so we'rebringing all the players to the table before something happens," Pfeifer said."We know that when organizations approach a situation with realisticexpectations, the end result is a better recovery for the community we'retrying to help."

The Kansas Disaster Training Institute is free and opento the public, and people interested in helping communities are encouraged toregister. Participants can visit www.redcross.org/centralkansas toread more about classes. Once at the site, they can register for one or moredays, and each registration includes lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner andtraining materials for each course, but guests should bring their own pillow.The deadline to register is May 25.

"We've been honored by the responses of people who'veregistered already," Pfeifer said. "This is a unique opportunity, and people atany level of a disaster response should make it a priority to be here."

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