Students prepare for the worst with disaster response training March 8

Students from the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Nursing, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine will join together to participate in a mass casualty disaster training exercise Thursday, March 8 at Central Baptist Church in College Station.

The American Red Cross, Bryan Fire Department, College Station Fire Department and Texas Engineering Extension Service will work in partnership with the three colleges for this year’s scenario – a wildfire evacuation.

The training exercise was organized in response to several hurricanes that hit the area years ago. Students were needed to help with disaster relief shelters, and the TAMHSC decided to offer exercises to enable students to prosper in their roles at these shelters.

Hurricanes were originally used as the disaster exercise scenario. This year’s event is a mass evacuation due to a wildfire, with medical needs including burns, smoke inhalation, accidents, chronic disease management and acute care emergencies.

Actual scenarios will be 10:20-11:30 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Contributed by: Megan Lightsey

— Blair Williamson