By Michelle Leidy-Franklin
CLEARWATER – Julie Stimson with Sedgwick County Emergency Management made a presentation to the Clearwater City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 11 regarding a training program that will be available for community members on Friday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 20. at the Senior Center.
“This is a national program available in all 50 states,” said Stimson. “It brings training to the community to help residents prepare for a disaster.”
Stimson noted that after a tornado struck Andover on April 29 this year, residents trapped by rubble were all dug out by other residents.
“If they are going to do the rescues anyway, we might as well train them,” said Stimson.
The training program teaches community volunteers how to respond during a community crisis including tornadoes, terrorist attacks, and other natural disasters. Topics covered include basic medical care, search and rescue techniques, and terrorism and disaster psychology. Volunteers will learn how to safely rescue their neighbors without causing further injuries.
Each class will be able to accommodate 30 attendees. Community members will learn alongside other professional emergency response personnel including firefighters, EMS workers, and police. The minimum age to attend the training session is 18.
“I could see this as a good idea for high school students,” said Mayor Burt Ussery. “Obviously these classes are very much needed.”
Stimson said that while this session is for adults only, the Community Emergency Response Team does offer student classes and she is looking into hosting a class for high school and college students in the future.
Registration is required to attend the volunteer emergency training classes. Registration is open until the classes are full or until the day before class begins. Community members can register at sedgwickcounty.org/SGRedi.
In other business:
• Council members approved the consent agenda, which included the previous month’s city council meeting minutes, claims and warrants, and a utility write-off for a person who died.
• The council approved ordinance 1085 to redistribute special assessments for the Indian Ridge housing addition.
• The council approved resolution 18-2022 for a new petition for sewer improvements for Indian Ridge.
• The council approved resolution 19-2022 for a petition for storm water improvements for Indian Ridge.
• The council approved a bid from Apex Excavating for $181,980 for the Indian Ridge Sewer improvement.
• The council approved resolution 20-2022 to annex 8030 S. Butterfly Street in Prairie Meadows so the property can be connected to city water.
• The council approved Tex Titterington to sit on the Hammer’s Prairie Park and Nature Center Foundation board as one of the two city appointed seats for the newly formed non-profit foundation.
• The council approved increasing the pay of police officer Michael Pickens to $24.50 an hour.