Big Stone Gap, VA – Nineteen employees of Mountain Empire Community College completed a Campus CERT training program over a three day period October 9-11.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards which may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT members are prepared to assist others on campus or in the community following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. The training brings the total number of CERT certified employees on the MECC campus to twenty-three.
The Campus CERT program supports campus readiness and prepares CERT members to take an active role in emergency preparedness activities or events that occur on campus. CERT provides a positive and realistic response to emergency and disaster situations. Early actions by Campus CERT members will make a difference in campus safety and emergency response.
For more information on the MECC Campus CERT program, contact Donna Shelton, Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services, at (276) 523-2400.