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Class to train instructors on food, ag disasters

May 4, 2014 - From staff reports

Preparing for and responding to incidents involving animals, plants and food are the focus of a Department of Homeland Security certified course May 21 in Casper.

University of Wyoming Extension is hosting "Preparing Communities for Animal, Plant and Food Incidents: An Introduction" offered by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Road.

The focus is to train in-state instructors so the course can be duplicated across the state, said Scott Cotton, UW Extension educator coordinating the class. The UW Extension Disaster Education Team, Wyoming Homeland Security and NCBRT are sponsors.

The extent to which accidental, intentional and naturally occurring incidents can affect daily operations in the food and agriculture industry will be examined, Cotton said. Those attending will learn to recognize food industry threats and vulnerabilities.

The course will show how one incident can alter lives locally and thousands of miles away.

Mother Nature also poses threats.

The course is limited to 40. A FEMA student ID is required to register. To register for the class, visit https://awr117casper.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call Cotton at 235-9400 or the Wyoming Homeland Security Training Program at 358-1920.

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