Mid America TEEN CERT: Training the Community in Emergency Preparedness

The nationally acclaimed program is intended to teach both teen and adult students to assist efficiently and effectively in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, without placing themselves or others in any unnecessary danger.
By: Mid America TEEN CERT
MATC's "most situation" training and response trailer on display
MATC's "most situation" training and response trailer on display
Jan. 9, 2019 - PRLog -- Mid America Teen Community Emergency Response Team, based in western St. Charles County, MO, has had a busy and exciting 15 years. Now in its sixteenth year providing emergency planning and response training to thousands of teen and adult students, the nationally-acclaimed program has added several new attributes to their already robust repertoire.

One of the newest features added to Mid America TEEN CERT is the addition of the programs' hybrid training and response trailer, which has the capability to deploy not only to classes, but also mass casualty incidents and disasters if called upon. The 'most-situation' vehicle is equipped with supplies to assist first responders in serious emergency events, and has the sleek appearance to present itself nicely in events and parades. The trailer will eventually have onboard satellite and communications to operate as a mobile command unit as well if needed.

Another benefit to the training is the inclusion of several badge requirements for members of the American Heritage Girls, such as Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety Building, Survival Search and Rescue, Outdoor Skills, and All God's Children. Mid America TEEN CERT already includes several Boy Scout merit badges in the curriculum, such as Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Fire Safety, Safety, Disabilities Awareness, Search and Rescue and Wilderness Survival; requirements for Girl Scout and 4H badges are also built in to the training as well.

Students that participate in the program are trained to handle all emergency situations. Mid America TEEN CERT (MATC), is intended to teach teen and adult students to assist efficiently and effectively in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, without putting themselves or others at risk or in any unnecessary danger.

Volunteers completing the MATC program gain important skills, empowering them to help in any emergency situation that can arise in everyday life. Within the training, students learn how to handle extreme life-threatening medical events, perform search and rescue, put out small fires, organize volunteers assist people with special and functional needs, prepare for acts of terrorism, and collect disaster intelligence in order to support the efforts of first responders. Instructors include paramedics, firefighters, doctors and other qualified professionals, such as a professional counselor to teach the vital element of psychological preparedness in disasters.

Mid America TEEN CERT is vastly different in approach, delivery and content than the "adult" program, even though the course uses the same basic FEMA G-317 foundation. Both teen and adult students who complete TEEN CERT training come away with far more than simple emergency response skills and learn many valuable lessons that can have a lasting impact on their lives.

The program teaches an average of 7-8 training classes and 12-15 philanthropic events per year. Each Mid America TEEN CERT class is 22-24 hours and is personally designed to suit the individual organizations' needs. The average size of each class is 25-30 students.

One of the unique aspects of Mid America TEEN CERT, is that the program has operated entirely without any outside funding since its beginning and remains one of the most popular youth programs in the nation. With thousands of volunteer participants, Mid America TEEN CERT was selected in 2018 as the No. 1 Emergency Preparedness Program and Youth Program in Missouri for the seventh straight year, and achieved the recognition as No. 1 Emergency Preparedness Training Program and Outstanding Youth Training Program in America for the fourth straight year.

2019 Training Dates and Locations

Mid America TEEN CERT training is free of charge and open to anyone who is at least 12 years and older. Trainings are usually held in and around the St. Louis region. There are currently seven upcoming training sessions scheduled for 2019 (with two more being finalized). Dates and locations include:

 * Ozark Trailblazers District, April 12-14, 2019 at Lake Timberline Fire Department, 1889 Wood Hill Drive, Bonne Terre, MO
 * Troop 677, May 3-5, 2019 at Beaumont Scout Reservation, 6480 Beaumont Reservation Drive, High Ridge, MO
 * Troop 853, May 17-19, 2019 at Wentzville FPD Station #3, 1146 Clinton Prinster Memorial Drive, Foristell, MO
 * Troop 390, August 2-4, 2019 at Indian Camp Creek Park, 2679 Dietrich Road, Foristell, MO
 * MO ARNG CYP (National Guard), September 13-15, 2019 at Patriot Center, 2405 Logistics Road, Jefferson City, MO
 * AHG Troop MO1880, Dates TBD at Immaculate Conception Church, 7701 State Highway N, Dardenne Prairie, MO
 * Chamberlain University School of Nursing, October 4-6, 2019 at Chamberlain University School of Nursing, 11830 Westline Industrial Drive, Maryland Heights, MO
* Macon County Health Department, Dates TBD at Macon County Health Department, 503 N Missouri Street, Macon, MO
 * Troop 553, November 1-3, 2019 at Location TBD

Proper preparation and training can play a crucial role in protecting ourselves and our community. Emergencies can be terrifying, but with the proper preparation and training, even the worst situation can be manageable when responded to confidently and effectively.

For further information about Mid America TEEN CERT, classes or events, and donating, visit @TEEN_CERT, or visit www.facebook.com/groups/MIDAMERICATEENCERT.

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Location:Missouri - United States
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