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To increase preparedness for a natural or manmade disaster, the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is offering a free Resource Inventory Management course in Parkersburg on Feb. 21.

Supply chains in rural areas are particularly vulnerable to the disruptions of natural and manmade disasters, according to the Eastern Kentucky University-based RDPC. Those areas especially need to prepare for an interruption in the flow of goods and services in and out of their communities as well as for job loss, loss of revenue, lack of housing, high rebuild costs and increased demand for goods and services.

The RDPC's Resource Inventory Management course is a free Department of Homeland Security-certified curriculum that provides first responders and others with the planning and management-level skills they need to develop and implement resource management strategies for rural communities.

MGT 339 is designed as a planning/management level course for practitioners in emergency services, public health, local and state government and others in the first response community.

The training introduces basic principles and skills associated with resource inventory management for small communities and rural areas. It gives participants basic competencies associated with resource management and provides enough information to ensure rural areas can plan effectively for the worst.

The prerequisite for this course is ICS 300. Registrants also should have a working knowledge of emergency operations and homeland security practices and functions on a management level.

This course will take place on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Judge Black Annex at 315 Market Street in Parkersburg.

The registration deadline for the course is Feb. 7. To register, contact Christian Fernley at (304) 558-6221 or at gregory.c.fernley@wv.gov.