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February 26, 2014

Act One students assist with CERT training


Act OneSeven students in Cowley College’s Act One Drama Club recently helped with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training at the former location of the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

The training was put together in conjunction with a chapter of the General Electric plant located at Strother Field.

In the scenario an earthquake sent people to the hospital to be treated. While at the hospital, an aftershock hit leaving walking wounded and severely injured people in need of assistance.

The Act One students served as realistic victims for the training. Those involved in the training tried to identify the individuals in need of help.

“Act One is always looking to find ways to serve the community,” Act One sponsor Jamison Rhoads said. “This way we got to do some fun makeup and help people out.”

Samantha Vawter and Kayla MacLaughlin did makeup and participated in the event, while Malaree Hood also assisted with makeup. Ariel Wilcox served as the photographer for the CERT training. While, Andrew Horning, Amber Creed, Addam Porter, Holly Landis, and Sidney Hogan also portrayed victims at the event.

The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. They recognized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. The LAFD decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until first responders or other assistance could arrive.

The training program that the LAFD initiated proved to be so beneficial that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) felt that the concept and the program should be available to communities nationwide. In 1994, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) expanded the CERT materials to make them applicable to all hazards.

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