Scenes from the 2014 Mock Environmental Disaster drill

A bus crash that sends a mysterious powder into the air. A stage collapse. Multiple car crashes, and forces of nature. These are just some of the mass-casualty disasters SUNY Broome students have tackled in their annual Mock Environmental Disaster drill, which allows them to hone their skills as first-responders, medical professionals and more.

What will 2017 hold? Find out on Friday, May 5, when our sixth annual Mock Environmental Disaster begins promptly at 2 p.m.

The drill will take place near the walk path between the Decker Health Sciences building and the Applied Technologies Building near the athletic fields. Please be aware that this is a scheduled learning event and there is no emergency.

Students from more than 18 programs across campus gain valuable real-life experience in their field of study as they participate in the mock environmental exposure disaster. Departments involved in the effort include Medical Assisting, Criminal Justice and Emergency Services, Nursing, Health Information Technology, Radiologic Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Clinical Laboratory Technologies, Hospitality, Communications and Media Arts, Business Information Technology, Special Events and Productions, the Office of Marketing and Communications, Chemistry and Public Safety.

Members of the community who participate in the event include, but are not limited to Chenango Fire, Tioga County Health Department, and the Broome County Health Department.

As in previous years, the mock disaster event will involve multiple victims. Students must care for these victims using skills and knowledge learned in their respective programs. Faculty will monitor the activity providing feedback as necessary.

Students will find out what disaster awaits them on the day of the event, in order to learn how to manage a scene without prior knowledge or details.

For more information contact Erin O’Hara-Leslie, Chairperson Medical Assisting & Health Studies, (607) 778-5495.

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