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April 10, 2014
Twenty-five individuals recently completed a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University’s Emergency Disaster Management (EDM) program.
CERT is a 24-hour Federal Emergency Management Agency course that educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their areas. The program trains individuals 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 a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
The Northwest EDM program offered the program – the third iteration during the current academic year – April 3-6. Participants included Northwest students and faculty members as well as employees of Nucor Corporation.
CERT trainers include Dr. Mark Corson, professor of geography, and Matthew Johnson, instructor of history at Northwest. The University Police, Maryville Fire and Nodaway County Ambulance District agencies provided additional support during the course.
In addition to teaching courses within the EDM program, Corson and Johnson are founding members of Northwest’s EDM program and have extensive experience in conducting disaster response training in locations including Florida and The Republic of Macedonia.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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