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Sept. 1, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University’s Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) program invites students, employees and community members to participate in its free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in October.
New this year, Northwest is also organizing an operational CERT team to support University and community disaster response efforts, and to provide event support such as fan assistance at sporting events, concerts, parades and other community events.
CERT is a nationwide program sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Northwest CERT operates under the auspices of Northwest’s emergency management coordinator.
The EDM program will offer its free 24-hour basic CERT training course Oct. 15-18 in Room 1150 of the Garrett-Strong Science Building as well as other University facilities. Training times are as follows:
The CERT training program is a 24-hour Federal Emergency Management Agency course designed to educate citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their communities. 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 participants can assist others in their neighborhood, campus or workplace when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
CERT trainers include Dr. Mark Corson, professor of geography, and John Carr, instructor of emergency management, at Northwest. In addition to teaching courses within the EDM program, Corson and Carr 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.
EDM students are encouraged to take CERT training to fulfill their requirement of 36-491 Field Experience and can register for academic credit by contacting Carr. To register for Northwest’s fall CERT training click here.
Membership in Northwest CERT is open to all University employees and students as well as community members 18 years of age or older; students at Northwest’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing who are under age 18 may participate with permission from the dean of the Missouri Academy.
Members must have completed the 24-hour basic CERT training course, which is offered in the fall and spring at no charge by the Northwest EDM program. Northwest CERT members may choose one of three membership levels:
In addition to supporting University and community disaster response efforts and providing event support, Northwest CERT will work with the new Nodaway County Ambulance District Mass Casualty Response Squad to maintain and deploy the Region H Disaster Medical Operations facility capable of treating up to 100 patients.
“Northwest CERT members are grateful to the Northwest administration for sponsoring an operational CERT team,” Corson said. “While we are excited about these opportunities, we also need all the help we can get. I invite anyone who wants to make our community a better, safer and more prepared place to come and join us.”
Interested individuals should attend one of two organizational meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, or Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Room 1150 of the Garrett-Strong Science Building.
The Emergency and Disaster Management major uses a multi-disciplinary approach to study crisis, drawing from courses and faculty in geography, psychology, social sciences and communications. While course work involves a crisis management core, electives provide flexibility so students can tailor the major to their individual and specific academic and professional needs.
For more information about the program, click here.
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