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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 24, 2012

Northwest crisis response program sponsors annual C-CERT training

C-CERT participants apply first aid during a simulated disaster and rescue. Northwest students and employees are invited to register for either of two training sessions during October or November.

C-CERT participants apply first aid during a simulated disaster and rescue. Northwest students and employees are invited to register for either of two training sessions during October or November. (Submitted photo)

Northwest Missouri State University’s Comprehensive Crisis Response program invites University students and employees to participate in free Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training this fall.

Individuals may choose to participate in either of two sessions during the months of October and November. Training is conducted in Garrett Strong Room 1150 and other University facilities. 

Training dates are as follows:

Session 1

Session 2

CERT is a 24-hour Federal Emergency Management Agency course designed to educate citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their areas. The program trains people 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 include Dr. Mark Corson, professor of geography; Matthew Johnson, instructor of history; and Diana Pope, a student in Northwest’s geographic information sciences graduate program.

In addition to teaching courses within the program, Corson and Johnson are founding members of Northwest’s CCR program and have extensive experience in conducting disaster response training in locations including Florida and The Republic of Macedonia.

“We want to encourage Northwest students, faculty and staff to become empowered citizens so they can be a responder, and not a victim when disaster strikes,” Corson said.

For more information or to receive a registration packet, contact Corson at mcorson@nwmissouri.edu. For more information about CERT training, go to http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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