The Office of Emergency Management will offer Campus Community Emergency Response Team training to the Virginia Tech community.

The approximately two-month training program will begin on Wednesday, May 29. The program's second class will be held on Tuesday, June 4, and subsequent classes will be held every Tuesday thereafter until the final session on July 23. Classes will be held from 2 to 5:00 p.m. in 142 Southgate.

Enrollment is limited to 30 individuals; preference will be given to university employees. Participants must register online prior to the May 29 session.

Campus Community Emergency Response Team training utilizes Virginia Tech and community experts to educate participants in campus and community safety, personal safety, and emergency response procedures.

“This training program is a great opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to become more informed in responding to emergencies at Virginia Tech,” said Lindsey Shafer, emergency coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management. “The Campus Community Emergency Response Team is a great asset to the university and can be used to support response and recovery efforts on campus."

Participants will gain skills they can use when responding to emergencies at home an in the community. Topics will include disaster psychology, fire suppression, search and rescue, and terrorism. Participants will be certified in Incident Command System 100 for Higher Education (ICS 100), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and First Aid.

Campus Community Emergency Response Team training has been approved by Human Resources to be taken on university time with supervisor approval. Department heads are encouraged to allow their personnel to participate in the program as part of their regular work day. This approval applies only to faculty and staff training during the summer, not during the fall and spring.

Additional emergency response courses available this spring and summer:

  • Introduction to the Incident Command System for Higher Education / ICS 100 (Wednesday, May 29, 2 to 5 p.m., 142 Southgate): This course describes the history, features, principles, and organizational structure of ICS. This class is designed for campus personnel and students involved with emergency planning, response, and/or recovery efforts for Virginia Tech.
  • Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents / ICS 200 (Tuesday, April 30, 1:30 to 5 p.m. 1370 Litton Reaves): This course will help faculty, staff, and students to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System.
  • Basic Shelter (Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., location to be determined): Prepares campus personnel and students to assist in setting up a shelter; greet and welcome shelter residents; receive and set up materials and food for residents; and manage the general operations of the shelter while meeting the needs of its residents.
  • Advanced Shelter (Tuesday, July 16, 6 to 9 p.m., location to be determined): Prepares campus personnel and students to effectively and sensitively manage shelter operations as a team, to meet the needs of people displaced as a result of a disaster. Basic Shelter training is a pre-requisite for this course.

For information, email Emergency Management or call 540-231-2438.

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