In the aftermath of natural disasters, shootings or other traumatic events, getting family members back together can be difficult.
To prepare and plan for those situations, a Family Reunification Training will be held on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Monongalia County Health Department.
First responders, victim advocacy groups, field counselors and school, university and hospital personnel are encouraged and invited to attend the free session.
“Everyone should be at least having a desire and a need to get involved,” said Captain Danny Camden with the West Virginia University Police Department. “Hopefully this will just be the beginning and we can offer more training throughout the state of West Virginia to be better prepared in case we’re tragically struck with one of these events.”
The training will be led by John-Michael Keyes, co-founder and executive director of the I Love U Guys Foundation, which is based out of Colorado.
Keyes’ daughter Emily was shot and killed by a man who took teenage girls hostage at Platte Canyon High School in Colorado in 2006.
The foundation was named after the last text Keyes received from Emily.
“It get a lot of great traction and feedback nationwide,” Camden said.
The event will teach Standard Reunification Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method.
“In reunification process you have to make sure that you’re surveying the public that just came out of that event for any medical issues, some counseling help,” Camden explained. “We’re very eager to get this program here. It’s a part of the process that hasn’t gotten the attention really that it should be getting.”
Anyone with questions should contact Monongalia County Health Department’s Threat Prep Coordinator Randy Williams at Randy.L.Williams@wv.gov or 304-598-5154.
To register, visit monchd.org/course-offerings.html.