Training volunteers in disaster response in Teresópolis, 9-11 March 2012

Training volunteers in disaster response in Teresópolis, 9-11 March 2012

Gidday,

Over this past weekend, two volunteers from our Crisis Response Unit and myself taught the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course to nearly three-dozen volunteers in two at-risk communities in the neighbouring city of Teresópolis. The training was in partnership with CARE Brazil, with support from the European Commission, Brazilian charity Abrinq, and Save The Children Fund. CARE funded the expenses of the course, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the participants, and team equipment, although we donated our time to teach the 20 hour course.

The whole event went very well, starting on the Friday night and continuing all day on the Saturday and Sunday, and the training, and simulations, was very well received. As Teresópolis was one of the cities that was very badly impacted by last year's landslides, which resulted in heavy loss of life, and was also the victim of a fake story of supposed resurrections by foreign Christian missionaries, it was very satisfying, as Christians, to be able to invest something back into these suffering communities.

Here are some photos from the weekend.

Regards

Paul

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