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Aug. 29, 2011
Updated Sept. 1, 2011
Northwest Missouri State University Wellness Services has added a second round of free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for University students and employees after all seats for an October training session were filled.
Individuals interested in the training may register for the course scheduled for Nov. 4-6 in room 1150 of the Garrett-Strong Science Building. The course is offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6. Attendance is required at all three sessions to earn the certification. Twenty-five seats are available.
The CERT program is a 20-hour FEMA course that educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their areas. The program trains participants in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood, campus or workplace after an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
CERT trainers are Dr. Mark Corson, associate professor of geography, Dr. April Haberyan, assistant professor of psychology, and Diana Pope, a graduate student in the geographic information sciences program.
Corson recently returned from a 15-month deployment that took him to Iraq for nine months as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve's 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command. He also teaches classes for the Comprehensive Crisis Response (CCR) Minor, which he and Dr. Haberyan helped develop.
Haberyan teaches a disaster psychology course that helps students build a response plan based on their course materials and other resources, from mental health personnel and police to water and medical equipment. Additionally, her students regularly participate in mock disaster scenarios.
"We want to encourage students, faculty and staff to become empowered citizens so they can be a responder, not a victim," Corson said.
Last March, 15 Northwest students and three faculty members completed the training, which included a disaster simulation with 15 role-playing students acting as victims of a disaster.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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