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OSERVS offers American Heart Certification

The courses offered through OSERVS are taught by instructors certified by the American Heart Association and successful completion will result in a 2-year certification for participants. Some courses will be scheduled at varying times throughout the year and made known through local media, while other courses will be offered as interest from the community, including civic organizations, schools, businesses and industries demands.

Adult CPR, AED and First Aid - $35

Adult CPR- $25         First Aid-$35

Recertification in Adult CPR, AED or First Aid $25

Health Care Provider Certification - $40

Health Care Provider Renewal $30

Infant & Child CPR- $25

If you are interested in having OSERVS conduct one of the courses please use the following contact information or stop by during office hours.

Phone: 662-384-2200

email: [email protected]

OSERVS Instrutor Stays Current in AHA Curriculum

Picture Cap: OSERVS IS ALWAYS UP TO DATE! Vanessa said "It was great to learn from the ones that wrote the book!"

Vanessa Wilson attended the ECC Regional Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. This conference had close to 200 healthcare workers from all over the US. Vanessa participated in the educational activities titled Emergency Cardiovascular Care Regional Conf.

Vanessa also received certificates in American Heart Association (AHA) education in Basic Life support, First Aid and Automatic External Defibrillator. Vanessa is a Registered Nurse and volunteers as an AHA Instructor for "OSERVS" Oktibbeha Starkville Emergency Volunteer Service. Vanessa has been an instructor for OSERVS since 2010.

OSERVS will hold monthly American Heart Association CPR certification classes. These classes will be held the third (3rd) Tuesday of each month beginning promptly at 5:30 pm. Classes will take place in the OSERVS classroom. Each class will be a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 8 students. All students must preregister by coming in and pre-paying. The cost of the course is $25 per person. OSERVS is located at 501 Highway 12 West in the Synergetic Building. This class will be taught by American Heart Association Instructor Hildred Deese. The class is limited to the first 8 people who sign up. Please call the OSERVS office #662-384-2200 between the hours of 10-2 Monday-Thursday

 In the Event of an Emergency are YOU Ready? Make a Plan and Disaster Kit

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency. has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) (PDF - 508 Kb) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.

You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more about school and workplace plans.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Recommended Supplies List (Text)

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) (PDF - 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

  • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
  • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
Non-prescription drugs:
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Laxative
Other first aid supplies:
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Readiness Quiz


Are you prepared for an emergency? Quiz yourself on the questions below to see just how prepared you

are. If you don’t know the answer to some of the questions, visit or your local Office of

Emergency Management for tips and resources that can help make sure you, your family, and your

community are Ready.

• Does your local government have an emergency or disaster plan for your community? If so, do

you know what it is?

• Do you know how to find the emergency broadcasting channel on the radio?

• Does your city/county have an emergency alert system? Is so, are you signed up to get alerts?

• Do you know your local evacuation routes? How would you get out of town from work? How

about from home?

• Does your city/county have a Citizen Corps Council? (If you don’t know, visit• In the last year, have you prepared or updated your Emergency Supply Kit with emergency In the last year, have you prepared a small kit with emergency supplies that you keep at home, inyour car or where you work to take with you if you had to leave quickly?

• In the last year, have you made a specific plan for how you and your family would communicate

in an emergency situation if you were separated?

• Are you prepared to help your neighbor? In most emergencies, the best way to get help quickly is

by working with your neighbors. Do you know anyone in your neighborhood who might need a

little extra help preparing for or responding to an emergency?

• Have you established a specific meeting place for your family to reunite in the event you and

your family cannot return home or are evacuated?

• In the last year, have you practiced or drilled on what to do in an emergency at home?

• In the last year, have you volunteered to help prepare for or respond to a major emergency?

• Have you taken first aid training such as CPR in the past five years?


1. What is NOT one of the four steps you can take to help your family be prepared for emergencies?

A. Eat your vegetables

B. Get a kit

C. Make a plan

D. Be Informed

E. Get Involved

2. What should a Family Communications Plan include?

A. Information about how we would get in touch with each other during an emergency

B. Where we would meet

C. How we would remain in contact

D. All of the above

3. How much water should you have in your Ready Kit?

A. One small water bottle for each person

B. One gallon for the whole family

C. One gallon of water per person per day

D. One gallon of water for the family per day

4. Which of the following is NOT an important part of a Kid’s Emergency Supply Kit?

A. Flashlight

B. Batteries

C. Water

D. Video Games

5. How quickly can a fire spread through a house?

A. 10 minutes

B. As little as five minutes

C. 30 minutes

D. 45 minutes

6. In an emergency, what number should you dial to contact the police and fire department?

A. 911

B. 111

C. 711

D. 311

7. In an emergency, what should you have available to hear news and official reports about what is occurring?

A. A hand-crank/battery-powered radio

B. A CD player

C. A board game

D. DVD player

Answers: 1.A, 2.D, 3.C, 4.D, 5.B, 6.A, 7.A

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