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Northwest students worked with others from throughout the country during Atlantic Hope 2012, a disaster exercise designed to train students in humanitarian aid, safety and leadership. For the first time, Northwest will host a disaster training exercise Oct. 4-6, and all students are invited to participate.

Northwest students worked with others from throughout the country during Atlantic Hope 2012, a disaster exercise in Florida that was designed to train students in humanitarian aid, safety and leadership. For the first time, Northwest will host a disaster training exercise Oct. 4-6, and all students are invited to participate.

Sept. 10, 2013

Students invited to participate in first-ever crisis response exercise

Updated: Sept. 13, 2013

Northwest Missouri State University will host its first-ever disaster training Oct. 4-6 and invites all interested students to participate.

The Missouri Hope 2013 Disaster Response Field Training Exercise, an intensive three-day domestic disaster relief field training exercise that is required for students studying majors or minors in comprehensive crisis response (CCR), will take place Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area (MOERA) and the Mozingo Youth Camp.

The hands-on disaster training is available to all students, regardless of major or minor. Students do not need to receive academic credit to participate, but credit may be earned by any student who desires it. The participation fee is $50 and limited spaces are available.

“This is an amazing applied leadership experience,” said Dr. Mark Corson, a professor in the CCR program and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences. “Many people find these experiential opportunities life-changing because they are challenged in ways in which they’ve never been challenged. People learn much about themselves as leaders and followers.”

The exercise consists of three major training lanes Friday and Saturday: rescue and evacuation on the ropes challenge course, disaster simulation and incident command post. The American Red Cross will conduct an introduction to disaster services course Friday evening and shelter fundamentals training Saturday. A mock news conference will take place Sunday morning along with after action reviews.

Participants are expected to attend the entire exercise. Participants are assigned to disaster response teams and rotate leader and follower roles. 

In addition to building their leadership skills, participants will learn important first responder skills to ensure they are prepared when a disaster strikes.  

“Our catch phrase is ‘Be a responder and not a victim,’” Corson said. “Crises happen all the time. You can never tell when and where they will happen. People who are trained and ready will be able to take care of their families and neighbors, and they will be a responder and not a victim.”

Due to an increased need for trained professionals in the crisis response field, Northwest launched its unique CCR program in January 2009 as an interdisciplinary minor housed in the Department of Social Sciences. The program expanded to be offered as an academic major in 2012 and now has a total enrollment of 60 students. Course instruction is provided by Northwest faculty, and staff who have regional and national roles in emergency management.

MOERA is a 320-acre parcel of land at the Mozingo Lake Recreation Area, located east of Maryville on Highway 46. MOERA is operated by Northwest’s Department of Health and Human Services and provides a variety of outdoor education and recreation opportunities, including a challenge course, trap shooting and archery, canoes and kayaks, and outdoor research areas.

For more information or to register for Missouri Hope 2013, contact any these CCR faculty members:


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468