Training residents to respond to disaster

Turning citizens into the first line of response during an emergency.

That’s the goal of two days of training starting tonight at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center. Interested residents will learn how to help public safety officials during emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. “Government will assist in disasters, but citizens need to know how to respond and react themselves, should the unthinkable happpen,” says Joseph Thomas, director of the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The training sessions will be held tonight from 6 to 10 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sussex County EOC 21911 Rudder Lane near Georgetown. The training is free.

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