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March 3, 2011
By Nichole Beckman, media relations assistant
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Two Northwest Missouri State University staff members gained extra emergency preparedness practice at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Training for Community Colleges, hosted by Metropolitan Community College-Blue River, Feb. 15-17.
Dr. Jerry Wilmes, executive medical director of Wellness Services and emergency management coordinator, and Clarence Green, chief of University Police, attended the training titled "Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education." The course was developed for higher education administrators and response units and centered on responding to a campus emergency.
"This training reinforced the importance of engaging the entire campus community when dealing with emergency situations," Wilmes said. "Teams of personnel from different institutions were encouraged to attend, work on emergency planning together and continue emergency planning upon returning to campus."
The three-day training consisted of a combination of lectures about emergency management, group activities and tabletop exercises. The discussions featured a variety of topics about hazard identification, assembling an emergency planning team, developing relationships on-campus and in the community, and updating an emergency operations plan.
A tabletop exercise dealing with a campus fire gave participants hands-on experience in handling an emergency situation involving a fire, hazardous chemicals and a homicide. Green served in a logistics position during the simulation and was responsible for managing supplies and resources needed for the emergency, while attempting to demobilize the incident.
"I learned ways to better communicate the need of preparedness for probable emergency events with Northwest students, faculty and staff," Green said. "The training offered us practice information that can be used to strengthen our own campus emergency planning efforts."
For more information about the University Police Department and emergency services at Northwest go to http://www.nwmissouri.edu/police/index.htm.
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