The weekend of January 19-21, 2018, brought together three local and distinct organizations for a unified, significant purpose. LINC St. Charles County in Wentzville, MO, provided training space for American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop 3130, chartered by Dardenne Presbyterian Church, to take Mid America TEEN CERT training with instructors, Mark Rosenblum and LaFaye Young.
TEEN CERT is a FEMA accredited program that trains the public on how to assist with disasters in their communities. This 22-hour weekend course was for 12 year olds through adult. The beauty of this training weekend was the number of parents that took the training alongside their teens. Forty-four participants completed the course that included training in medical operations, psychology, fire safety, search & rescue, and more. The Wentzville Fire Department came out to assist with the fire safety component.
The weekend concluded with a nighttime tornado disaster simulation where the participants did a full-scale search & rescue of twenty victims and applied everything they had learned. LINC also provided the space for this disaster simulation on their grounds. According to Kim Meyers, a coordinator for the AHG troop, “Our girls and families finished the weekend with unmatched growth in teamwork and confidence. I have no doubt this will last a lifetime. A new set of citizens is now trained to aid their communities in invaluable ways.