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Northwest students participate in the 2013 Missouri Hope Disaster Response Field Training Exercise at the University's Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area. The hands-on training exercise is among a multitude of learning opportunities from which students benefit in Northwest's Emergency and Disaster Management program. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Northwest students participate in the 2013 Missouri Hope Disaster Response Field Training Exercise at the University's Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area. The hands-on training exercise is among a multitude of learning opportunities from which students benefit in Northwest's Emergency and Disaster Management program. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Sept. 11, 2014

Students invited to participate in second annual disaster training

By Jennifer Kirk, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University will host its second annual disaster response training Sept. 26-28 and invites all interested students to participate.

The Missouri Hope 2014 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 emergency disaster management (EDM), will take place at Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area (MOERA) and the Mozingo Youth Camp.

The hands-on disaster response 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 fee is $100 for participants and $40 for junior staff. Limited spaces are available.

The domestic disaster response exercise challenges students to overcome their fears and hone their skills as emergency responders. Students will work together in teams faced with mass casualty situations, high-angle rescues and water rescue operations.

“This is an amazing applied leadership experience,” said Dr. Mark Corson, a professor in the EDM 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 leadership and followership training, teamwork and confidence building, incident command system and disaster response operations. The American Red Cross will provide an introduction to disaster response and shelter management training.

“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.”

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

Volunteer role players also are needed to play disaster victims and spontaneous volunteer community members. Volunteers from ages five and up are welcome. Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 require parental permission and children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to participate with a parent. Volunteers will have the opportunity to support training future emergency managers and partner agency first responders.

Volunteers are invited to participate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26; during two separate shifts, from 6 a.m. to noon or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 27; or from 6:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 28. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Dr. Alice Foose, associate professor of recreation, at afoose@nwmissouri.edu, no later than Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Due to an increased need for trained professionals in the crisis response field, Northwest launched its unique EDM program in January 2009 as an interdisciplinary minor. The program expanded to be offered as an academic major in 2012. 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 2014, contact Corson at mcorson@nwmissouri.edu or Dr. Alice Foose, associate professor of recreation, at afoose@nwmissouri.edu. For more information about Northwest’s Emergency and Disaster Management program, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/socialsciences/programs/emergency.htm.


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