Sep 9, 2013

FVCC Presents Community Discussion on Emergency Preparedness

In honor of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and National Preparedness Month, Flathead Valley Community College’s Paramedicine and Emergency Management Program Director Kris Long will lead a free community discussion on emergency preparedness September 11.

The discussion will involve the national campaign which encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, business and communities.  National Preparedness month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Long was recently recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Board of Directors for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered emergency medical technician.  This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.  By maintaining her registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Long is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.

In Montana, Long also has been involved with emergency medical services (EMS) at Polson Ambulance, Three Rivers EMS and Smith Valley Fire Department.  In 2009, she founded West Flathead EMS where she serves as the EMS captain for the volunteer fire department.

The discussion will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Board Room inside Blake Hall.  Preparedness kit information on disasters and emergencies such as wildfires, extreme winter weather, flooding and other unexpected situations will be available.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the FVCC Service Learning Office at 756-3908.