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Edwardsville Township, in partnership with the Ed-Glen Ministerial Alliance, will address emergency situations when it hosts its annual Spring Forum from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, at First Christian Church, 310 S. Main St. in Edwardsville.

edwardsvilletownshiplogo1During the forum, Madison County government departments will advise service providers on how to prepare for and handle emergency situations, such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks and pandemics. Part of the event will include an active shooter training by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

“This forum will focus on different types of scenarios and offer those who attend practical information on how to prepare themselves, their families, and their organizations to respond to emergencies,” said Edwardsville Township Supervisor Fred Schulte. “This is a timely, relevant topic. Whether you are faced with a natural disaster, a public health crisis, or a workplace situation, you will learn how to prepare for and respond to those potential situations.”

Madison County Emergency Management Agency will discuss natural disasters and emergency response, as well as resources for citizens.

Madison County Health Department will focus on preparedness and response in the case of biological release or a pandemic. The exercise will examine personal and family preparedness, as well as vulnerable populations. The Health Department will discuss ways individuals and businesses can volunteer and partner.

To close the forum, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a two-hour active shooter training, during which participants will learn how to respond and protect themselves in the event of an active shooter.

“Madison County Health Department has been a partner on the Edwardsville Township Social Services Safety Net since its inception five years ago,” said Amy J. Yeager, health promotion director at Madison County Health Department and a member of the Edwardsville Township Social Services Safety Network. “We are so excited to bring the three Madison County Government Departments that focus on emergency preparedness together to share information and engage the community at this Spring Forum.”

The Social Services Safety Net is a partnership between Edwardsville Township and the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Ministerial Alliance. The Safety Net brings together area social service agencies, organizations and churches. These entities provide services to residents of Edwardsville Community School District 7.

The partnership was designed to bring resource providers together in an effort to help residents not currently assisted by social services.