Training Opportunities Across the State

American Red Cross Classes: The American Red Cross of Montana provides a variety of Health & Safety, Disaster Response, and International Humanitarian Law classes statewide.

MT DES Training Aug – Oct

The link below lists upcoming trainings offered by Montana DES.  For more information, contact Marschal Rothe at 406-324-4776 or

Notes:  The correct date for ICS-400 is Sept. 24-25 and the date for FEMA G288/489 is now Oct. 6-7.

Montana Emergency Management Training - Updated 8 August 2014

1. The Yellowstone Co. LEPC is hosting a three-day workshop for All-Hazard IMT personnel on Sep. 16-18. This is funded in part through a Homeland Security Grant administered by the Montana Fire Chief's Association. This is a chance for personnel to hone their position-specific skills, e.g. Planning Section Chief, with mentors in a structured environment--and the workshop will conclude with a final capstone exercise.  Please note: Attendance is not restricted to members of standing AH IMTs and/or those who perform at a Type 3 level or higher. The intent of the grant was to assist with a local incident management capability—anyone with responsibilities for one or more of the Command and General Staff positions during an incident or EOC activation should consider attending. There is some travel reimbursement available as well.

2. We still have seats in the Senior Official's Workshop, scheduled for Lewistown on August 27th. Please register as soon as possible. This one-day session is intended for Agency Adminstrators and other policy-makers and senior officials who may be involved in an emergency or disaster at the local, Tribal, or state level.

3. National funding for the RDPC Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents 8-hour course continues to be a challenge. Currently, we have one delivery scheduled for Kalispell on Sept. 19th, see the calender for a link to the course description and details or register here.

4. We send many students from fire, law enforcement, and health care to the Center for Domestic Preparedness Training Campus in Anniston, Alabama.  The quality of training is superb and CDP provides all travel, lodging, and meals to students from Tribal, city, county, and state jurisdictions—as well as affiliated private/and volunteer organizations with a role in local emergency response or management. The specific offerings are too numerous to list, but in general the CDP offers hands-on training and exercises in HAZMAT response, field tactics for law enforcement, EMS/health care leadership and crisis, public information, and many other topics. Please see the main training page here:    I can assist with applications. (Note these classes fill fast).

5. Please see the calendar for other newly scheduled trainings including the FEMA G-230 Fundamentals of Emergency Management to be held in Butte on Oct. 22-23, 2014.


Get Ready, Cascade!

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All disasters start and end locally. Cascade County and surrounding area residents are encouraged to attend the Get Ready, Cascade workshop to be hosted by the American Red Cross of Montana and partners on Saturday, August 10, 2013. Workshop presenters will provide important information on local hazards and available resources, so that you and your family can be prepared in case of a disaster or emergency. A question and answer session will provide attendees the opportunity to visit with local responders and other agencies.

The workshop will be held from 1pm to 3pm at Wedsworth Hall, 13 Front Street South, Cascade, Montana, 59421. The parade and the Montana Pro Rodeo Fall Finale will follow the workshop.

Here’s the line-up for the two hour workshop:

  • Governor’s Office of Community Service
  • Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services
  • National Weather Service
  • Cascade Fire Department
  • American Red Cross of Montana
  • Malmstrom Air Force Base
  • Salvation Army

For more information about this event, contact Kevin Murszweski, American Red Cross of Montana Armed Forces Liaison and Preparedness Director, at 1-800-ARC-MONT.


Home Wildfire Preparation Workshops

FireSafe Montana logoeditedWildfire season is right around the corner and now is the time to mitigate your home and property. Get ready for wildfire season by joining FireSafe Montana and local partners across the state at Wildfire and Communities Workshops and learn about local area wildfire history, fire behavior, local fuel conditions, mitigation practices and opportunities, and much more!

Attend one of the upcoming workshops:

Forsyth Wildfire and Communities Workshop

Date & Time: Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Haugo Center, Riverview Villa 1, Rosebud Drive, Forsyth, MT 59327

Registration: Free

Hamilton Wildfires and Communities Workshop

Date & Time: Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Bitterroot River Inn & Conference Center, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840

Registration: Free. All those who register before April 10, 2013 will receive a free lunch and be able to participate in drawings for great door prizes.

Libby Wildfire and Communities Workshop

Date & Time: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:00pm & Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: Libby Memorial Center, 111 E. Lincoln Blvd, Libby, MT 59923

Registration: $15.00

For more information and to register click here or contact Jennifer Mayberry at or 406-431-8718.

FireSafe Montana is a private, non-profit organization coordinating and supporting a statewide coalition of diverse interests working together to help Montanans make their homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe.


CERT Training Held in Ashland

ASHLANDeditedIn the summer of 2012, the Ash Creek fire roared through the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and the southeastern Montana town of Ashland. The fire scorched nearly 250,000 acres or approximately 390 square miles. The fire left Ashland residents asking, “What else can we do in the future to prepare our community and help our neighbors?”

Ashland residents rose to the occasion. Soon after the fires, community members gathered and started a volunteer group, Ashland Volunteer Services. The group along with volunteer fire fighters and community members decided that starting a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program in Ashland would help ensure that the community was more prepared and ready to respond to disaster and emergency situations in the future.

Sixteen Ashland community members participated in the 20-hour CERT training held January 25-27, 2013. In times of emergency, CERT volunteers provide support to first responders and can provide immediate assistance to victims. CERT members often use their skills and knowledge to participate other preparedness efforts that increase the safety of their communities.

Upcoming CERT Training in Montana

CERTCascade County is hosting a CERT training April 17-19, 2013 at the Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services office in Great Falls. For more information or to register for the three-day training, contact Jim Adkins, Cascade County CERT and Citizen Corps President, at 406-761-5201 or

More Information?

Learn more about CERT here or contact Katie Gallagher, Grants Coordinator, at 406-444-1718 or


CERT Trainings

Be part of a Community Emergency Response Team

cert picThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT volunteers can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site.

CERT volunteers can also help with non-emergency and preparedness projects that improve the safety of their communities. CERT courses are taught in the community by a team of trained local first responders.

Upcoming Trainings


A 20-hour CERT training course will be held in Ashland Montana on January 25-27, 2013 at the St. Labre School Administrative Conference Room. For more information, contact Charlie Hanson by calling (406) 245-9672 or via email at


A 20-hour CERT training course will be held in Harrison, Montana on February 2, 9 and 10, 2013 at the Harrison Fire Hall. For more information, please contact Melinda Tichenor by calling (406) 581-5716 or via email at

Great Falls

CERT tentatively training is scheduled for April 17-19, 2013 in Great Falls, Montana. For more information, contact Jim Adkins by calling (406) 761-5201 or via email at


Participating in CERT is just one way that you can help your community before, during, and after emergencies and disasters.

Want to become involved in disaster preparedness and response in your community, but are not able to participate in CERT? There are many ways for you to become involved. Explore hosting a neighborhood preparedness party and Map Your Neighborhood event to ensure that you, your family, and your neighbors are prepared for disasters and ready to assist each other during an emergency!


September is National Preparedness Month

Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party!

This September marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, a national campaign that encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities. National Preparedness Month is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with the Citizen Corps and other state preparedness organizations.

Montanans can participate in National Preparedness Month by hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party! Bring your community together to learn about emergency preparedness and what to do in times of disaster. The Governor’s Office of Community Service can help support your event with emergency supply starter kits and emergency preparedness resources. Hosting a Neighborhood Preparedness Party is easy to do and it is a great way to get to know your neighbors while preparing your community for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

Steps to Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party
  1. Plan your party with your local community leaders and volunteers like Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinators, Red Cross Volunteers, Schools, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs, Fire Departments, Police Departments, and volunteer centers.
  2. Research a location, date, and estimated number of participants and gather your local resources.
  3. Submit a Supply Request to the Governor’s Office of Community Service at
  4. The Governor’s Office of Community Service will send you emergency supply starter kit bags and Map Your Neighborhood resources.
  5. Promote your event. Make posters and consider inviting your local media. You can also register with the National Preparedness Coalition and Pledge to Prepare at
  6. Host your event. Make sure to have participants sign in and don’t forget to take pictures!
  7. Send an Event Evaluation to the Governor’s Office of Community Service and celebrate that your community is prepared!
Resources to Get You Started

Contact Katie Gallagher, Grants Coordinator, at 406-444-1718 or


Spring Preparedness Events

Montanans get prepared!

There are five great preparedness events coming up in Helena, Bozeman, West Yellowstone, Great Falls, and Billings this spring. These events, trainings, and fairs help Montanans learn how to prepared for disasters and emergencies like wildfires, extreme weather, flooding, and vehicular accidents. Join in to learn how to build an emergency supply kit, how to map your neighborhood, and who to contact in an emergency.


During the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the State Capitol on April 26 from 9am to 3pm, students will receive emergency supply starter kits. Contact Rian Miller at the Department of Revenue to get involved- or 406-444-6966.


The Youth Leadership Emergency Preparedness Event will engage teens in emergency preparedness and leadership. This event at the Bozeman Public Library with Hopa Mountain and the Bozeman Fire Department, is Saturday May 5 from 10am to 12pm. Contact Laura Wilburn, the Youth Leadership Program Coordinator at Hopa Mountain to attend- or (406) 586-2455.

West Yellowstone

The Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District is holding a Mass Causality Disaster Drill in West Yellowstone at the airport on May 22 starting at 8am. Contact Scott Waldron, Fire Chief, to volunteer as a patient- or 406-646-9094.

Great Falls

The Benefis ER and Trauma Services division of Benefis Health System are hosting their annual Saftey First Rally in the Central Park at the Montana ExpoPark on June 9 from 10am to 2pm. Children and families will learn safety tips for at home, camping, in the car and outside riding their bikes. Contact Marie Haynes, the Injury Prevention Coordinator at Benifis, to learn more about this free event- or (406)455-5212.


Participants of the annual Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Montana District Convention, June 11-14, will receive emergency supply starter kits. Contact Pastor Vern Sandersfeld to learn more- or 406-214-4290.

These preparedness events are partially sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Community Service. You can hold a Neighborhood Preparedness Party in your community. Learn more here.


Building Organizational Effectiveness

Montana Nonprofit Connections

News Release

The Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits (BSI) announces the availability of its Montana Nonprofit Connections Directory of 52 Montana nonprofit organizational development consultants, a major com ponent of BSI ‘s new website. During these difficult economic times, funders are recommending the use of consultants and capacity building to help nonprofits deal with the challenges they face.

The Directory can be searched by 12 areas of consultant expertise such as board development, financial management, fundraising, communications/marketing and public relations, organizational and program planning and human resources, as well as by consultant/company name and business location [read more]

Please feel free to distribute this information via your electronic/print newsletters, listserves, or via email to your organization’s members.

Information provided by:

Bill Pratt, Projects Director

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits



Winter Ready Preparedness Party

Are you and your neighbors ready for winter?

Host a WinterReady Neighborhood Preparedness Party!

Prepare your community for winter and emergencies of all kinds by organizing a WinterReady Disaster Preparedness Party. By hosting an event, promoting local volunteerism, and sharing emergency preparedness information, you can help ensure your neighborhood and whole community are disaster ready. The Governor’s Office of Community Service can help sponsor your event! You can receive supplies to build emergency supply starter kits, resources to host a Map Your Neighborhood training, and meal reimbursements for participants.

10 Steps to hosting a Preparedness Party or Training
  1. Plan your party or training with local community leaders and volunteers (examples: DES Coordinators, local fire departments, Senior Corps programs, AmeriCorps Programs, Aging Services, schools, etc)
  2. Research location, date, and estimated number of participants
  3. Submit an Event Funding/Supply Request Form to the Governor’s Office of Community Service (OCS)
  4. If funding is requested and upon confirmation of funding from OCS, submit a signed Funding Agreement
  5. OCS will send you emergency supply starter kits supplies and Map Your Neighborhood resources
  6. Promote your event- post to Build Montana or contact OCS for assistance
  7. Host your event! Make sure to take pictures and have everyone sign in
  8. Submit your receipts for reimbursement with a signed and completed Training Final Report form
  9. Receive reimbursement (if applicable)
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Performance Measurement Training


October 12, 2011 at 2pm MST

  • Dial-in number: (641) 715-3620
  • Participant access code: 937749#
2012 National Performance Measures Instructions
Additional Training Opportunities

Distributed on behalf of the AmeriCorps program at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Public call series hosted by AmeriCorps State and National program officers to assist potential applicants. The calls will cover the following topics:

  • Key Terminology and Resources for AmeriCorps
  • AmeriCorps Planning Grants
  • AmeriCorps Grants 101
  • Next Steps to Applying for an AmeriCorps Grant
  • AmeriCorps Program Budgets

You can find a description of each call type, the dates and times as well as register to participate by clicking HERE. Once you identify the call or calls you want to participate in, you can click the link to register for that call.

For more information on the public calls hosted by CNCS please click HERE.

National Preparedness Month Webinars

National Preapredness MonthNational Preparedness Month Webinars Prepare Businesses, Children, Schools,
Pet Owners and Aging Americans

Click Here for the National Preparedness Month Webinar Login Inventory

September Webinars for National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) presents the perfect opportunity for everyone to get involved and learn more about disaster preparedness. In the wake of recent events such as Hurricane Irene, the East Coast earthquake, and the Joplin and Tuscaloosa tornadoes, now is a critical time to promote preparedness education.

Join us for these upcoming informative webinar sessions aimed at educating individuals, communities and organizations about the various aspects of preparing for a disaster in today’s ever-changing world:

September 6th: Implementing a Youth Preparedness Program as you Kick-Off the New School Year 

Establishing a youth preparedness program in your school or community may seem like a daunting task, but this webinar provides you with many of the resources available to help your organization implement an effective program including:

  • Implementing and funding a youth program
  • Choosing from currently available curriculum
  • Evaluating and sustaining a program

Hear from those who have effectively developed and delivered some of the most successful youth preparedness programs across the country and learn more about engaging today’s youth in disaster preparedness!

September 8th: Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): Improving Disaster Preparedness Through Education

Help with education in all disaster functions may be closer than you think. Since 1994, the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) has focused on providing disaster education at the local level through each state’s land-grant university. Learn more about:

  • EDEN’s role in preparedness education
  • Various preparedness education resources EDEN provides
  • How to engage with EDEN

September 13th: Available Resources to Prepare Schools 

This webinar will answer many of your questions about getting schools prepared for a disaster of any kind. If you are a school administrator, principal, teacher or concerned parent, you won’t want to miss this integral discussion. Some of the questions to be discussed include:

  • How was Joplin successful in preparing for and recovering from a disaster? How can other schools learn from their experience?
  • Where can schools find additional funding and resources in today’s budget climate? How does the DHS grant process work?
  • What free preparedness trainings are available for schools and school administrators, both online and in person?
  • What preparedness resources are available to schools at little or no cost?

September 15th: Preparedness for the Pets in our Homes and in our Hearts

Whether it is a cat, dog, turtle, fish, horse, cow or llama – animals are a very
important part of our lives; however when it comes to preparing for disasters, they can pose some unique challenges. Join us to learn from pet and livestock emergency preparedness experts about:

  • The considerations and trends emerging in household pet and livestock readiness strategies
  • Disaster preparedness resources available to those with animals in their lives

September 22nd: Preparedness Considerations for Aging Americans 

Log in and learn about specific preparedness steps for Aging Americans. Hear from FEMA officials and leaders at the forefront of Aging American Preparedness and have your questions answered:

  • What can I do to bring preparedness to my community?
  • What are the free resources available to me?
  • How do I connect with my state emergency management?

If you know or care for someone that is aging, you’ll want to join.

September 27th: Earthquakes can happen anywhere. Are you Ready? 

You only have seconds. Do you know exactly what to do the moment the ground starts shaking? If it involves a doorway, a triangle, or running – these are not quake-safe actions. Participants on this webinar will learn:

  • How to get your organization involved in ShakeOut – the largest earthquake drill in the country
  • Actions to take during an earthquake, taught by experts from ShakeOut and FEMA
  • Where to register so you can practice updated quake safety and learn more about quake preparedness

Be sure to sign up as a National Preparedness Month Coalition member! In as little as two minutes, you will have access to preparedness events taking shape across the country, templates, new ideas, and tools to promote your preparedness activities. We are dedicated to forming a coalition that is large and diverse; so America’s communities can become better educated through the people they know.

Be Ready for Disasters. Stay Alive and Thriving!

Refuse to be a victimIn The Shadow of 9/11

A joint, free, pre sentation by the National Rifle Association's Refuse to Be a Victim Programs.

Be Ready for Disasters. Stay Alive and Thriving!

What: Presentations on Preparedness, Info Tables, Vendors

Where: Lewis and Clark County Library Large Conference Room 120 S. Last Chance Gulch

When: Saturday, September 17, 2011 From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Information: 406.422.5019

(Search for: NRA Refuse..., enter Montana, Click: details, Click: signup. Just use your initials, your gender, age, and a dummy address and phone number. Then Click: Register)

Host a Neighborhood Preparedness Party!

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preapredness MonthNational Preparedness Month is an annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities.

You can get involved by holding a ReadyMontana Neighborhood Preparedness Party! By hosting an event, promoting volunteer programs, and sharing emergency preparedness information, you can help ensure your neighborhood and whole community are disaster ready.

Neighborhood Preparedness Party
  • Organize an emergency preparedness neighborhood workshops and trainings to “get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.” Use this as a time to recruit volunteers and introduce people to their neighbors.
  • Preference will be given to local organizations and leaders active in the community. These parties are a means to get neighborhood maps updated, bring neighbors together, and share information about possible local disasters.
  • The Governor’s Office of Community Service will sponsor the neighborhood preparedness party with meal reimbursements for participants, funds to order supplies, and resources on Map Your Neighborhood and Starter Emergency Kits.
  • The party should include training on both conducting a Map Your Neighborhood and building a Starter Emergency Kit. The Governor’s Office of Community Service will provide the necessary materials.
  • Please engage at least 30 people with the neighborhood preparedness party. To spread the word posters and newspaper advertising can be sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Community Service.
Resources to get you startedMap Your Neighborhood Logo
Want to get involved and plan a party?

Contact Jo Radtke at or 406-444-1718 today to learn how you can receive resources from the Governor’s Office of Community Service.

Mud-Out & Mold Remediation Training Seminar


Attendees will be those organizations and individuals interested in learning the proper and safe procedures for cleaning up mold in affected structures. These trained teams of volunteers will be put to use by local DES Coordinators/Emergency Managers to assist with mold cleanup throughout their communities.


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Community Preparedness Webinar Series

Volunteering in Times of Disaster

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011, 12 PM MST

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Log in as guest 10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar.


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TechSoup Taining

Social Video? Join the Nonprofits Live Video 101 Event!

Join TechSoup Wednesday, July 20, at 11 a.m. Mountain time for an online discussion to learn how social video can help tell your organization’s story and can be successfully shared through social media. Mark your calendar and join on July 20!

Made a great video and wants to share it? Can a video marketing company add value beyond what you could do yourself for free? See what the TechSoup community has to say about hiring video marketers.

Building a Culture of Accessibility

From providing accessible content for people with disabilities to creating fully usable functionality we want to hear what’s going on in the world of accessibility. Share your tools, tactics, and ideas on building a culture of accessibility.

Want to learn more about standards for web accessibility from the experts? Watch this previously-recorded webinar on website accessibility.

Want to learn more about accessibility trends and standards face-to-face? Visit this thread for info on an upcoming free conference in New York.

Technology Planning for Nonprofits

In this five-part series of articles from TechSoup Canada, learn about technology planning for your nonprofit. Read strategies to help your tech meet your mission, see the benefits of including remote work in your plans, and learn how to tell your organization’s story effectively. Read part one to get connected to the full series. View the Nonprofit Software Checklist.

TechSoup’s Elliot Harmon presented at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in June on mission-driven technology planning. Check out his presentation materials and learn how to keep your mission at the center of your technology decisions. Visit Elliot’s session summary. Watch this previously-recorded webinar with tips and tools for tech planning.

Want to help other organizations with their technology too? TechSoup is launching a new micro-volunteering initiative called Donate Your Brain allowing anyone, anywhere, to help nonprofits and community organizations with solutions for their Internet, software, and other tech needs. Learn more and get involved! Search #TechSoupDYB on Twitter

About TechSoup: TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps other nonprofits and public libraries get tech products and services, plus the learning resources they need to make informed decisions and operate at their full potential.

Sheila McFerran at ReadyMontana Symposium

ReadyMontana Trainer talks about April Tornado Outbreak
Sheila McFerran

Credit: Michael Mercier/Huntsville Times

Certified Master Trainer for National Disaster Preparedness, Sheila McFerran, brings firsthand disaster response experience from the recent tornados in Alabama to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training at the ReadyMontana Symposium. Sheila lives in Huntsville, an area strongly impacted by the tornado outbreak which swept across the Alabama and her neighboring states on April 27th, 2011. Madison County had six confirmed tornados on the ground that day and 9 people lost their lives.

“When disaster happens, we know that emergency personnel are not available to help everyone right away,” said Shelia McFerran. “When community members have CERT training they save lives, protect property, and bring peace of mind to their community. Despite the devastation, we saw a calm response due to the CERT training in our community and the volunteers that were able to be deployed immediately. It has been an unbelievable response to a massive disaster in the Alabama area.”

Sheila and Chance Corbett, Assistant Director of Emergency Management at Auburn University will be in Billings on June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to instruct two CERT Train the Trainer courses at the ReadyMontana Symposium. Sheila plans to show a video of the Alabama disaster prior to the training. She believes that after the CERT training, the Symposium attendees will be strong advocates for disaster preparedness in our state.

Registration has been extended until May 25th for the ReadyMontana Symposium at Montana State University Billings, June 2-4, 2011. The Symposium offers three core trainings, two plenary lunch trainings, and two disaster exercises. Registration is $25 for the training, meals and lodging and is open to anyone who is interested in making his or her community safer, stronger, and better prepared for disasters of all kinds.

Register Today: 

This affordable training opportunity is provided by ReadyMontana, an initiative from the Governor’s Office of Community Service to engage citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

Download the ReadySymposium Agenda

ReadyMontana Symposium

Volunteers Wanted for Emergency Preparedness Training
$25.00 for 3 days of Training Including Room and Board

Registration is now open for emergency preparedness training offered at the ReadyMontana Symposium at Montana State University Billings on June 2-4, 2011. This affordable training opportunity is provided by ReadyMontana, an initiative from the Governor’s Office of Community Service to engage citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

“We are pleased to announce our first annual ReadyMontana Symposium,” said Jan Lombardi, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “It is the responsibility of all Montanans to be prepared. This is an excellent opportunity for citizens to be trained on how they can be ready and volunteer when disaster strikes.”

The ReadyMontana Symposium offers three core trainings, two plenary trainings, and two disaster exercises. Registration is $25 and is open to anyone who is interested in making his or her community safer, stronger, and better prepared for disasters of all kinds.

Register today online:

Download the Agenda

“When disaster happens, we know that emergency service personal are not available to help everyone right away,” said Shelia McFerran, featured trainer from Huntsville, Alabama. “When community members have CERT training they save lives, project property, and bring peace to the community. After our recent tornado in Alabama, we have seen the calmest response due to the CERT training in the community and the volunteers that were able to be deployed immediately.”

The symposium agenda includes trainings on Basic CERT, ‘Be Red Cross Ready’, First Aid and CPR, CERT ‘Train the Trainer’, and the ‘Map Your Neighborhood’ program. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is for anyone who wants to help protect his or her family, neighbors, and coworkers if disaster occurs. CERT educates on disaster preparedness for hazards that may happen in Montana and trains in basics disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Continue Reading

Mountain Pine Beetle Forum


Helena seminar on May 4th brings in local and national experts

When: May 4th, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Red Lion Colonial Inn, Helena
What: Public Presentation on Mountain Pine Beetles
Learn More: 

BeetleMuch has been debated about the after-effects of Montana’s mountain pine beetle outbreak. Perhaps the largest area of debate centers on wildland fire risk during beetle attack, in the “red needle phase” the “gray phase,” and the “down phase.” Does the mountain pine beetle outbreak correlate to increase wildland fire risk? What type of fire behavior has been observed in the forest post outbreak? What are the long term implications related to fuel loading and future fire behavior?

The Mountain Pine Beetle Forum is hosting the seminar, “Mountain Pine Beetle & Fire: The Science Behind the Risks”, with experts from the scientific and local community whose research and experiences will provide insight on these topics. It will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena on May 4, 2011, with two opportunities to attend: a day-long session with longer, more technical presentations, and a general evening presentation from 6:00pm-9:00pm with the same presenters, but in a more concise, less technical format. Continue Reading

Community Emergency Response Team Training

Cascade County CERT Training
April 6, 7 & 8, 2011

You can be a member of our team!

Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services is pleased to offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training.

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

If you are interested in this training, please complete and return the registration form.

There is no cost to you to take the training.

For more information about CERT, see the FEMA website at:

Gabrielle Giffords Save-a-Life Saturday

Red Cross MonthSave-a Life Saturday is a free family event and open to all community members. Refreshments and raffle prizes (i.e. family emergency kit, coupons for free life-saving courses) will be provided. In addition, the first 100 registered for this event will receive a American Red Cross 1st Aid Kit.

  • Date: March 19, 2011
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Boys & Girls Club - 600 Bridger Drive - Bozeman, Montana

To register or for more information, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-ARC-MONT and ask to speak to the Health & Safety Department.

Save-a-Life Saturday Flyer

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services


CERT Training
March 25, April 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2011 0800-noon each day
Boulder, MT- MDC Staff Development Training Room
POC- Susan Gendreau (406) 225-4474 or or
Karen Semple (406) 465-0163 or

Cascade County CERT
April 6-8, 2011
Cascade County DES Facility- 521 1st Avenue Northwest- Great Falls
POC- Jim Adkins (406) 761-5201 or

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Are you Ready for Flood Season?

Get Ready during Flood Safety Awareness Week - March 14-18, 2011!Flooding

National Flood Awareness Safety Week Stakeholder conference call will provide additional information on what it means to get ready for flood season. (limited to 300 people)

Tuesday, March 15 from 10-11AM MST

Call-in information is: 1-888-391-6569 Pin # 8622712

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Save-a-Life Saturday

Red Cross LogoThe American Red Cross was inspired by Gabrielle Giffords and the bravery of all those involved in the events of January 8.

The tragedy in Tucson is a reminder of the importance of making sure everyone has life-saving first aid and CPR training. As those events unfolded, several bystanders knew these vital skills, saving the lives of many victims, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

In that spirit, the Red Cross is pleased to host the Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday on March 19, 2011. In nearly 100 locations across the nation, the Red Cross will provide free instruction that includes hands-only CPR, wound care and how to treat a person from shock. In addition, the American Red Cross of Montana will provide instruction on how to prepare to respond to emergencies, such as disasters.

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CERT Training Opportunity in Boulder

CERT and Teen CERT TrainingsCERT Training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic emergency preparedness and response skills. 95% of all immediate response in any disaster or emergency is conducted by bystanders or the victims, themselves. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members may assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

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Emergency Preparedness Training

Save the Date! June 2-4, 2011ReadyMontana

What: Emergency Preparedness Training Symposium

When: June 2-4, 2011

Where: Student Union Building, MSU- Billings


  • CERT Train the Trainer
  • Basic CERT
  • Be Red Cross Ready
  • Red Cross Health and Safety
  • Map Your Neighborhood

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Creating a Culture that Values Inclusion

Changing Perspectives- Creating a Culture that Values the Inclusion of Those with Mental IllnessDisability Inclusion

  • Webinar: Monday, March 7th
  • Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Mountain

The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is pleased to announce thier next web conference to be held on Monday, March 7th at 4:00pm EST which will discuss including national service members with mental health-related disabilities. With the recent tragedy in Arizona, there has been a national spotlight on the topic of mental health that has generated significant public discussion. Reports from media outlets, public service announcements, and nonprofit/charity organizations have all been working toward informing and/or clarifying this often misunderstood topic.

In particular for those in the national service field, there are questions about including members or volunteers with mental illness and how to provide accommodations if needed. Leading this informed, timely discussion on mental health will be two persons from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Rhode Island- Chaz Gross, Executive Director and Penny Ferrara, Inside Mental Illness Educational Co-Coordinator. They will focus on exploring and improving our responses to individuals with a lived experience of mental illness in national service.

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FC-100: Introduction to Fire Corps

Register Now to Participate in Fire Corps Online Training, February 4 and February 11

Fire Corps is hosting online training sessions titled: FC-100 Introduction to Fire Corps. It is the first course in the new Fire Corps Academy. The training is free and will be conducted through a live webinar.

FC-100 provides an overview of how the Fire Corps program is organized and introduces the benefits, depth, and scope of community volunteer activities in fire and emergency service departments. FC-100 also identifies the basic steps and components to building the infrastructure of a local Fire Corps program.

Participation is limited to 30 attendees, so register today!  Please see below for the upcoming trainings. Once you register, if you are waitlisted, we encourage you to register for a different session. You can cancel your registration up to 24 hours before the session starts.

February 4 at 3:00 EST – Register Now!
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Red Cross Event in Havre

Red Cross LogoAmerican Red Cross Event
Havre High School Auditorium 
February 3, 2011 at 6:30pm

At this time the American Red Cross of Montana (ARCMT)  has 2 volunteers in the Havre area. Since Hurricane Katrina ARCMT has witnessed a significant decline in the volunteer force for this area. Right now they are trying to rebuild the volunteer force in the area and are depending on community partners and support organizations to assist with this goal.

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Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home

Home Solutions for Independent Living

The UNH Institute on Disability will present Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the IOD Professional Development Center in Concord, NH. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are greatly affected by their environment. This training provides information on how environmental factors such as light, noise, and safety issues can affect an individual with dementia, along with many simple, low-cost modifications that can be made in most households. Participants will learn to conduct home assessments and make detailed recommendations for improving the home environment. Professionals, paraprofessionals, family members, and others who assist families in planning and caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia are encouraged to attend.

How to Tell Your Digital Story

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 11 a.m. Pacific time

Free Webinar from – Enroll Soon!

Does your organization have a story to share? Are you working with communities of people which could benefit from having their voices heard? Attend this free webinar and learn the elements of creating a compelling story. Michael Margolis from GetStoried and Rob Kershaw Center for Digital Storytelling will provide information to help you understand how they tell their digital stories effectively and how stories can make an impact.

We will go through the basics of:

  • What makes a compelling story
  • What elements bring a story to life
  • Developing a finished story

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Agricultural Emergency Response Training

Are you prepared?
Do you know what an agricultural emergency is?

The Montana Department of Agriculture is conducting an Emergency Response Training for Agricultural Emergencies. The training will teach you the roles and responsibilities you and your organization will play in the event of an agricultural emergency.

The training is FREE and will occur at the following locations:

  • February 1st to 4th:
    Glasgow, Cottonwood Inn
  • February 22nd to 25th:
    Helena, Red Lion Inn
  • March 8th to 11th
    Polson, Flathead Valley
    Community College

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Achieve your Mission with the Power of Youth

Free Workshop provided by Reach Out Helena

Join us on January 12th for a time of learning, discussion, and planning about the following topics:

  • How can youth volunteers benefit your organization?
  • What are meaningful projects youth can complete?
  • What are the most effective ways to recruit and supervise youth volunteers?
  • What can your organization do to honor your youth volunteers?

January 12th, 11am – 1pm, Bring your own lunch

Capital High School, 100 Valley Dr., Library Conference Room, Entrance #24
Park in Visitor Parking and visit the front office for a parking pass

RSVP to Natalia: 406-324-1096 or

Secondary Transition: A Webinar Series

Best Practices From the Schools

Providing great secondary transition services to high school youth can be challenging. This webinar series, presented by Montana teachers and providers, will give multiple strategies on implementing secondary transition in a rural district or a large district that has provided great results for the Montana school districts that have used them. 

The webinars are free and no registration is required. The webinars will start at 3:30 p.m. and last about an hour each. One renewal unit will be offered for each live webinar. The webinars can be attended individually or the whole series. The webinars will be posted on the OPI Web site after the live webinar.

January 19, 2011 – Trouble Shooting Secondary Transition Challenges Participants will learn how to make transition real and meaningful in a rural environment. The webinar will contain specific examples of "in-house" job experiences and the IEP goals that go with them.

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Map Your Neighborhood Training in Drummond

Free and Open to the Public!

Map Your Neighborhood
  • Date: December 29, 2010
  • Location: Drummond Community Hall
  • Time: 3:00-4:00pm (Before the Senior Citizen's Weekly Dinner)
  • Contact: (406) 444-9077 or

The Map Your Neighborhood training will take you through the nine steps immediately following a disaster to secure your home and protect your community!

This training is sponsored by Montana Citizen Corps and ReadyMontana.

Winning Grants: Free Online Seminar

Winning Grants -

Thursday, December 9, Time 11 a.m. Pacific time

Grants can support the changing needs in your community while your budget is flat or shrinking and provide many benefits (in addition to funding!). Wish you knew more about applying for grants? Does it seem overwhelming and you wonder how to get started? This webinar will be easy to understand, motivating, and full of valuable tips.

Discover the confidence and knowledge to win grants, find out the best method for writing grant proposals, and learn all the steps to successful grant work. Stephanie Gerding will share practical advice, easy grants for beginners, and valuable worksheets and resource lists. We’ll also learn about free resources for finding funding opportunities and valuable discounted software products to aid your grant work, including GrantStation. You’ll be excited, motivated, and ready with the knowledge needed to apply the basic process of grant work.

Do you have a question or comment about fundraising you’d like our hosts to cover? Post it to our Community Forums and we’ll make sure your question gets addressed!

You can discuss this webinar on Twitter with the hashtag #techsoup or join us for a live-stream of the event in Second Life.

ADA Employment Webcourse

Free, self-paced webcourse available 24/7 on the employment requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the important changes made to the ADA by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Continuing education credits are available. The course takes approximately 2.5 hours and includes real life scenarios, quizzes and a final exam.

Upon completion of this course, you should know:

  • Who has rights and obligations under Title I of the ADA
  • The process for identifying and providing reasonable accommodations
  • How to troubleshoot job performance, conduct and safety issues and more....

Continuing Education Credits:

  • HR Certification Institute: 2.5 credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC): 2.5 credit hours

Questions about the course:

Contact the New England ADA Center
617-695-0085 voice/tty
800-949-4232 voice/tty (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
Questions about the ADA:
Contact your regional ADA Center
800-949-4232 voice/tty

Reflect On the Meaning of Service

What is The Meaning of Service?

The Meaning of Service is a national reading and discussion program that uses literature to help volunteers understand the nature of justice and service. Humanities Montana is Montana’s independent nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that supports learning in history, philosophy, literature, and other humanities disciplines. Humanities Montana provides grants for public humanities programs, a statewide Speakers Bureau and reading and discussion series, and the annual Humanities Montana Festival of the Book.

Learn how to use this free Humanities Montana program:

  • to enhance your organization’s work,
  • a workshop for government, not for profit, and community service administrators.

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Veterans with Disabilities

Special Free Teleseminar Honoring Our Nation’s Wounded Warriors

Title: Driving up Employment for Veterans with Disabilities
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM EST
(Free To All Participants)

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Quality Improvement in Public Health

Quality Improvement in Public Health - It's Not Another Program

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Mountain)


Quality improvement (QI) is one of the best tools we have to tackle the many challenges currently facing public health, allowing organizations to not only improve activities but measure successes and articulate organizational value. In this session, you will learn about the current QI activities being conducted in health departments across the United States and the link between QI and public health accreditation standards. You will see examples of the use of QI tools and methods in QI teams in several health departments.

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MT DES Weekly Update 10.26.10

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services
Weekly Update
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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MT DES Weekly Update 10.19.10

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services
Weekly Update
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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MT DES Update 10.12.10

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services
Weekly Update
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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A Supervisor’s Primer – Disability In The Workplace

Over 54 million people with disabilities comprise the largest American minority group. This is the only minority group that anyone can join, as a result of accident, illness, or injury. The longer we live the more likely we are to acquire a disability. Recognizing and responding appropriately to employees with disabilities, or those who become disabled, is a vital part of any Business Owner, Manager, or Supervisor?s job. This seminar will provide you with the information and tools you need to understand your business responsibilities for your employees who are or may become disabled.

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee Street, Missoula

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Using Social Media Strategically:

Montana Nonprofit Association

It Starts with Listening

October 13, Bozeman

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Are You Ready?

St. Peter’s Hospital is offering a new emergency preparedness workshop for families that is free and open to the public.

“Are You Ready?” is a two-session course that will be held:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Monday, Oct. 11, from 6:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Located at the Hospital’s Education Center

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Basic American Sign Language (ASL) Workshop

Comprehensive Hearing Services in partnership with Meeting the Challenge Inc. and the Department of Administration will provide a basic ASL workshop on Tuesday, October 12.

Time: 1p.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: State Capitol Building, Room 303

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MT DES Weekly Update 9.14.10

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Weekly Update

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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MT DES Weekly Update 9.7.10

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Weekly Update

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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MT DES Weekly Update 8.31.10

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Weekly Update

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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