Community invited to free training course on damage reporting Aug. 3, 2016

troche arial, viagra sale sans-serif;”>press_release_iconOXNARD, viagra Calif.–The Oxnard Fire Department encourages community members to attend a free training course Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, to learn how to become a damage reporter. The one-hour course begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Oxnard Fire Department Headquarters, 360 W. Second St.OxnardFD

After an earthquake or other disaster, one of the biggest challenges for local emergency management organizations is how to quickly gain information about the extent of damage throughout the community.

Residents and business owners who attend the course will be trained to quickly feed damage information to Oxnard’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by using a damage reporter application on their smartphones or tablets.

The information will automatically appear on a map in the City’s EOC and help the EOC staff quickly assess the situation in order to manage resources and request assistance from outside agencies. While the damage reporter application does not replace calling 911, it will provide extremely valuable information immediately after a disaster.

In addition to completing the one-hour course, community members who want to become a damage reporter must have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet and an email account.

The City of Oxnard is one of the first cities in the nation to start implementing this cutting-edge technology, which is being provided through a federally funded project at no cost to the community.

The Oxnard Fire Department was established in 1899 and has a total of eight fire stations located throughout the city. The Fire Department safeguards the community by preventing or minimizing the impact of emergency situations to life, environment and property by responding to both emergency and non-emergency requests for service. Read more about the Oxnard Fire Department at http://fire.oxnard.org. Follow us on social media at www.twitter.com/OxnardFire (@OxnardFire) and www.facebook.com/oxnardfiredepartment.

The City of Oxnard is a full-service general law city incorporated in 1903. Oxnard is the largest and most populous city in the County of Ventura, serving 200,000 culturally diverse residents. Read more about the City of Oxnard at www.cityofoxnard.org. Follow us on social media atwww.twitter.com/CityofOxnard (@CityofOxnard), www.facebook.com/CityofOxnard and www.vimeo.com/cityofoxnard.


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