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Training Session Held for Volunteers Working with Evacuees

October 25, 2005
By: Kristen Commander
State Capital Bureau

SEMA officials say they held their largest training session to date in Jefferson City. Kristen Commander has more on the story.

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State Emergency Management Agency officials taught volunteers also known as case managers how to provide disaster relief to evacuees from Hurricane Katrina and Rita. The Missouri United Methodist Disaster Relief Team sponsored an all-day training session at SEMA headquarters. SEMA volunteer coordinator Dante Gliniecki says this is the first training session of its kind.

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"One of the reasons we're doing this training today is because the need is so great. We've done this training before but we've usually done it in small groups, in a church basement in a community, and we do this repeatedly across the state after a disaster."

Gliniecki says the state is trying to train as many case managers as fast as they can. Right now there are about 100 case workers and training won't stop until there are at least 200. Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Kristen Commander.

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SEMA officials say Missouri has one of the top disaster relief networks in the country. Kristen Commander has more from Jefferson City.

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SEMA officials held an all-day training session in Jefferson City in response to Hurrican Katrina and Rita. SEMA volunteer coordinator Dante Gliniecki says the state has worked hard to ensure the success of the relief network.

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"We've got a great network. We've got great, great partner agencies. We have good support from the Department of Public Safety and the state agencies and the Governor's office on this effort.

Gliniecki says SEMA has plans to do more training in Kansas City, St. Louis and Southeastern Missouri. From the State Capital, I'm Kristen Commander.

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SEMA officials say hurricane evacuees living in Missouri will soon have more places to turn for help. Kristen Commander has more from Jefferson City.

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SEMA teamed up with the Missouri United Methodist Disaster Response Team to teach an all-day training session. Volunteer learned how to work with hurricane evacuees and provide disaster relief. SEMA volunteer coordinator Dante Gliniecki says this is the first ever training session held at SEMA headquarters.

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"I think in Missouri we have one of the best nerworks for providing disaster relief in the country and I think that's not anything magic on our part we've just worked at this for a long time."

Gliniecki says the volunteers will be responsible for providing long term assistance. He also says the training won't stop until all 15,000 evacuees living in Missouri have someone to support them. From the State Capital, I'm Kristen Commander.