PARKERSBURG – The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is marking National Preparedness Month in September with classes available to the public.
“This year our theme is ‘A healthy community is a prepared community'” said Malcolm Lanham, director of community health. “The best thing you can do to prepare for any emergency is to be healthy.”
Classes are scheduled for most Saturdays in September, with one class held during the week.
* An amateur radio hour will be held from 08:00 to 15:00 on September 3. K5YI will hold exams for new licenses and upgrades. For new licenses, candidates must bring two sets of ID, including one with a photo. Tests will cost $14 and only calculators are allowed. To upgrade the license, the holder must bring a photocopy of the license and the original. If there is a Certificate of Completion to be credited, a photocopy and the original must be brought. Tests will cost $14 and only calculators are allowed. For more information or to register, call Ken Harris (WA8LLM) at 304-481-3840 or email email@example.com.
* Two classes will be held on Saturday, September 17, at the main office at 211 Sixth St. The first is Stop the Bleed from 9 a.m. to noon, which will teach basic tourniquets. The second from 1-4pm is a weather observation class to train participants in identifying and reporting severe weather. To register for the Stop the Bleed Class, call Amanda Lyons at 304-485-7374 ext. 175 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the weather watcher class, call Kristine Hamilton at 304.485-7374 ext. 181 or by email at Kristine.email@example.com.
* The Step to a Healthy Life class will be held on Saturday, September 24. The class will focus on the Department of Health’s Community Health Initiative, teaching new healthy living skills to the community including nutrition, exercise and more. Seats are limited and registration can be done by visiting https://tinyurl.com/2p9279u3 and select the date and number of seats required.
* On Wednesday, Sept. 28, a triage event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Judge Black Annex in the Fort Boreman Room, 317 Market St., in Parkersburg. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Kristine Hamilton at 304.485-7374 ext. 181 or by email at Kristine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department serves Wood, Wirt, Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie and Roane counties. Offices are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 304-485-7374 or visit the website, movhd.com for more information.