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Students carry a victim into a mobile medical unit for treatment during the Missouri Hope 2015 field training exercise. Volunteers are needed for Missouri Hope 2016, which is scheduled for Oct. 7-9 at MOERA.

Students carry a victim into a mobile medical unit for treatment during the Missouri Hope 2015 field training exercise. Volunteers are needed for Missouri Hope 2016, which is scheduled for Oct. 7-9 at MOERA. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Sept. 1, 2016

Volunteers needed to assist with Missouri Hope disaster exercise

Northwest Missouri State University will host its fourth annual disaster response field training exercise Oct. 7-9 and invites students, community members, and local and state responders to work in volunteer roles during the exercise.

The Missouri Hope 2016 Disaster Response Field Training Exercise, an intensive three-day domestic disaster relief training exercise that is required for students studying majors or minors in emergency disaster management (EDM), takes place at Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area (MOERA) and the Mozingo Youth Camp.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to play the roles of disaster victims and spontaneous volunteer community members as well as apply moulage and assist behind-the-scenes. Individuals interested in volunteering should register online at http://goo.gl/m4KoEv.

Missouri Hope is a full immersion field training exercise sponsored each fall by Northwest’s Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education. Partner agencies include Maryville Public Safety, Nodaway and Buchanan County Emergency Management, Nodaway County Ambulance District, LifeFlight and LifeNet Air Ambulances, SEMA Region H Marine Hazmat Team, the 1-129th Field Artillery Battalion Missouri Army National Guard and the 139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri National Guard. The exercise also attracts students from colleges and universities throughout the country.

Participation in the hands-on disaster response training is available to all Northwest 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 domestic disaster response exercise challenges students to overcome fears and hone skills as emergency responders. Students work together with teams in mass casualty situations, high-angle rescues and water rescue operations.

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

MOERA is a 320-acre parcel of land at 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 about Missouri Hope 2016 and volunteering as a role player, contact Dr. Peter Adam at padam@nwmissouri.edu. For more information about Northwest’s emergency and disaster management program, contact John Carr at jcarr@nwmissouri.edu or click here.


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