Good news, everyone! It has been a sufficient span of time so I can now offer Wa- ter and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) training to non-members of Coos County MRC. The training will, of course, still be open to members and I would be delighted to have you, but this time I will be sending out invitations to other counties as well. Not their MRCs, necessarily, since we are the only MRC for some distance, but to their CERTs and other volunteer organizations that might have an interest in dis- aster sanitation.
The training may also be worth revisiting if you have previously done WASH. We are now encompassing other elements of WASH aside from the mere act of waste disposal. The primary purpose of WASH is to interrupt the fecal-oral route, which can take other forms aside from depositing waste in buckets. Handwashing and water purification are also key elements of WASH which we will be addressing for the first time in this training. Phillip Nel was kind enough to take the time out of his busy grant-writing schedule to submit a grant for a handwashing station and a UV light, and we have a water purifier from a brand that Russ Johnston swears by.
I have reserved a room in the CHEC building for several dates from January 2020 onwards. The date will be decided once I send out emails to the nearby counties and gauge their interest and availability. I will of course keep the Coos County MRC apprised of the situation.
At present, the reservations are for January 9, February 13, March 19, and April 16. If you are interested in attending, please let me know which date would work best for you so I can take it into account. Thank you!