An Emergency Response Training session originally scheduled in April, has been pushed to May 31 through June 2 due to overbooking at the state level.

The training session is open to the public as well as emergency response personnel, including law enforcement officers, firemen, and emergency medical technicians, etc. Anybody over the age of 18 is welcome.

The event, set for the Ottawa County Courthouse Annex, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31, and continues on Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be a one-hour break for lunch where either a lunch will be provided for a small cost or attendees can bring their own.

On Sunday, June 2, the event will pick back up at 8 a.m. and run until noon (or until the training is complete).

Those in attendance will go through all the basic training of a Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT), but there is no obligation to actually join CERT.

Attendees will receive a backpack with emergency response equipment and a hardhat and will learn basic emergency response information, techniques and methods, including how to handle an emergency event at their home or a neighbor’s, how to handle possible terroristic activity, and what to do in case of a natural disaster — such as a tornado or flooding.

There will also be training on how to help people handle the psychological impact of an emergency or disaster.

Trainees will also experience hands-on first-aid training and fire safety training, and will actually put out fires and be involved in a staged medical triage scenario.

On Sunday there will be an a disaster scenario (tornado, flood, etc.) where those taking the course will be taught how to enter and evacuate buildings, and how to evaluate who needs medical attention and in what order, etc.

They will also learn what to do to meet the general needs of those affected.

Those teaching the course will work around any physical limitations or any kind of handicaps trainees might have. “There is something in every emergency event that can be done by someone to help,” said Barbara Pace, Community Affairs Chief and Assistant Training & Finance Chief.

Pace recommends that trainees wear durable pants (jeans are suggested) and boots for the entire training, but on Sunday they will be required.

“A lot of people take the class just to learn how to be prepared in their own home or neighborhood for any kind of natural disaster or emergency event, not to join CERT specifically. We are always looking for people to help.”

Those conducting the training will include Rick Aldridge, Ottawa County Emergency Management Deputy Director, Oklahoma Emergency Response Team (OKERT) CEO, and CERT President; Frank Hernandez, Chief of Operations for OKERT, and Barbara Pace.

All three are also members of a new organization call the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC).

For more information, or to register to attend the session, persons interested may call Aldridge at 918-541-6056 or Pace at 918-237-2560.