Richland College is offering tuition-free continuing education classes on storm recovery in response to the Oct. 20 tornadoes.

These sessions are Saturday, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classes will be located at Richland College in Sabine Hall, room SH118. Sign up for single sessions, multi-sessions, a half day or a full day. RSVP at www.richlandcollege.edu/storm-relief.

The offered classes include:

  • DIY Home Repairs After a Tornado: When to do it yourself and save money, and when you should hire a professional. This class will be offered in partnership by Home Depot and reputable local contractors.
  • Protect Yourself AFTER the Storm: Learn tips to protect yourself from repair scams. This class will be offered in partnership by local insurance personnel and the Richardson Police Department.
  • Navigating the Insurance Process After a Tornado: What is personal property and casual insurance? Learn more about creating a home inventory, filing insurance claims and preparing for home insurance reviews.
  • Basic Home Safety: Make a plan and review your emergency sheltering, family communication, homeland security and basic home safety plans. This class will be offered by a certified homeland security instructor, firefighters, paramedics and Richland College staff.
  • Disaster Planning for Small Business: Review your plan and learn the steps to take to rebuild after a significant loss of property and resources. This class will be offered in partnership by the Small Business Development Council and the Garland Chamber of Commerce.
  • Community Resources in a Time of Crisis: Learn what local help is available to support you through this difficult time. This class will be presented by the Network of Community Ministries staff and Richland College staff.
  • Emotional Support After a Natural Disaster: Meet with trained counseling staff to discuss ways to cope with emotions related to loss after a natural disaster. This class will be offered by Richland College Counseling Services staff.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. Directions to the campus and an on-campus map are available at www.richlandcollege.edu/maps. In addition to offering the tuition-free storm recovery classes, Richland College has also compiled a list of resources for those affected by the storms, available at http://rlc5.dcccd.edu/media/north-texas-storm-damage-update.


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