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C-CERT Members Take Annual Oath, Prepare Supplies

Members of the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) gathered in Woodhead Lounge on June 8 to regroup, stock supplies and participate in an annual oath ceremony. Formed in September 2009, Wesleyan’s C-CERT members are trained to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site and improve the safety of the Wesleyan community. Members participate in an initial 20-hour training session and additional training opportunities are provided during the academic year.

Members of the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) gathered in Woodhead Lounge on June 8 to regroup, stock backpack supplies and participate in an annual oath ceremony. Formed in September 2009, Wesleyan’s C-CERT members are trained to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize volunteers at a disaster site and improve the safety of the Wesleyan community. Members participate in an initial 20-hour training session and additional training opportunities are provided during the academic year. All Wesleyan faculty and staff are welcome to join C-CERT.

C-CERT Trainees Participate in Team-Building Exercise

On Jan. 6, Wesleyan's Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) trainees participated in a team-building exercise. While working in groups of three and four, the teams each had five minutes to plan how they’d construct a 5-foot-tall, free standing structure using only paper, two sheets of cardboard, tape and scissors.

On Jan. 6, Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) trainees participated in a team-building exercise.

While working in groups of three and four, the teams each had five minutes to plan how they’d construct a 5-foot-tall, free standing structure using only paper, two sheets of cardboard, tape and scissors.

While working in groups of three and four, the teams each had five minutes to plan how they’d construct a 5-foot-tall, free standing tower using only paper, two sheets of cardboard, tape and scissors.

Help Wesleyan Community, Build Camaraderie as C-CERT Member

On Aug. 3, members of Wesleyan's C-CERT organization helped erect a tent that could be used as a mobile hospital in the event of an emergency situation. The team constructed the mobile unit with guidance from Middletown Emergency Management and the Connecticut Department of Public Health

On Aug. 3, members of Wesleyan’s C-CERT organization helped erect a tent that could be used as a mobile hospital in the event of an emergency situation. The team constructed the mobile unit with guidance from Middletown Emergency Management and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

This fall, Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) is offering a free training course to any Wesleyan faculty, staff or student interested in helping the campus community. Formed in September 2009, Wesleyan’s C-CERT members are trained to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site.

The 20-hour program, which is supported by a grant from the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, includes sessions such as Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety and Utility Controls, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue Operations, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism and Disaster Simulation. All participants receive their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and must pass a final exam to be “CERT”tified.

“When you’re a member of C-CERT, you get to help others in a time of need, while enjoying a sense of camaraderie and community with your colleagues,” said Sherri Condon, accounting specialist

Wesleyan C-CERT Builds Mobile Medical Facility on Andrus Field

On Aug. 3, more than 20 Wesleyan employees helped erect a tent that could be used as a mobile hospital in the event of an emergency situation. Members of Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) constructed the mobile unit with guidance from Middletown Emergency Management and Middletown Fire Department.

In the event of an emerging infectious disease outbreak, other public health emergencies and acts of terrorism, a mobile hospital can provide an additional 125 beds. Members of Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) constructed a mobile hospital Aug. 3 with guidance from Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management and Middletown Fire Department.

On Aug. 3, more than 20 Wesleyan employees helped erect a tent on Andrus Field that could be used as a medical facility in the event of an emergency situation.

The inflatable tent, which measures 60 by 30 feet, is 1/5 of the complete Ottilie W. Lundgren Memorial Field Hospital owned by the State of Connecticut. If all sections of the tent were assembled, it would contain a 125-bed unit, an operating room, ambulatory care and triage areas.

Wesleyan Hosts Public Health Emergency Training

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health delivered several pallets of medical assets, used for training purposes, to Wesleyan's Bacon Field House as part of a public health emergency drill on March 20. Wesleyan's Campus Community Emergency Response Team participated in the day-long training.

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health delivered several pallets of medical assets, used for training purposes, to Wesleyan’s Bacon Field House as part of a public health emergency drill on March 20. Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team participated in the day-long training.

On March 20, Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) participated in a day-long training program to prepare for a public health emergency. The training, coordinated by the Connecticut Department of Health’s Division of Public Health Preparedness and Response Strategic National Stockpile Program, taught C-CERT members how to organize a Mass Dispensing Area and effectively receive, process, ship and recover stockpile medical assets.

Middletown Police SWAT team and K-9 unit provided security during the drill.

Middletown Police SWAT team and K-9 unit provided security during the drill.

Wesleyan C-CERT members, made up of faculty and staff, joined participants from the Middletown Department of Health, Cromwell Department of Health, Middletown Emergency Management, Middletown Fire Department and Middletown Police Department.

The training took place in the Freeman Athletic Center’s Bacon Field House. In the event of a real disaster, the Bacon Field House would serve as a regional distribution site. Wesleyan Public Safety and Middletown Police SWAT team provided security during the drill.

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) offers large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Medicines will be delivered to any state in the U.S. in time for them to be effective. Each state has plans to receive and distribute medical assets to local communities as quickly as possible.

Middletown Police escorted the Strategic National Stockpile vehicle to Wesleyan. Participants, divided into teams, unloaded multiple pallets of boxed pill bottles, took inventory and assumed custody of the assets. They learned how to generate pick tickets, label and shrink-wrap assets, distribute pills and load extra or unused assets back onto the delivery truck. For training purposes, candy was used to represent antibiotics such as doxycycline, ciprofloxacin and amoxicillin. Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

For more information on the training, see this past Wesleyan Connection story.

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Wesleyan to Host Public Health Emergency Training March 20

C-CERTIn the event of a public health emergency, Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) may be deployed to help distribute medicine and medical supplies to the Wesleyan and Middletown community.

On March 20, the C-CERT team, made up of Wesleyan faculty and staff, will undergo a day-long training program to prepare for such emergencies. The training, coordinated by the Connecticut Department of Health’s Division of Public Health Preparedness and Response Strategic National Stockpile Program, will teach C-CERT members how to organize a Mass Dispensing Area and effectively receive, process, ship and recover stockpile medical assets.

“If there’s ever a bioterrorism or anthrax attack, mass flu outbreak or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tornado, our C-CERT team will be trained to quickly disperse medicines, such as antibiotics, to hundreds or thousands of people,” said Bill Nelligan, director of environmental services and Wesleyan C-CERT coordinator.

Wesleyan C-CERT members will join other participants from the Middletown Department of Health, Cromwell Department of Health, Middletown Emergency Management, Middletown Fire Department and Middletown Police Department.

The training will take place in the Freeman Athletic Center’s Bacon Field House. In the event of a real disaster, the Bacon Field House would serve as a regional distribution site. The area in and around Freeman Athletic Center’s “Q Lot” may be temporary blocked off during the training drill, and the Middletown Police SWAT team will be present in full gear.

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) offers large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Medicines will be delivered to any state in the U.S. in time for them to be effective. Each state has plans to receive and distribute medical assets to local communities as quickly as possible.

During the training, the Middletown Police will escort the Strategic National Stockpile vehicle to Wesleyan. C-CERT members will unload multiple pallets of boxed pill bottles, take inventory and assume custody of the assets. They’ll learn how to generate pick tickets, label and shrink wrap assets, distribute pills and load extra or unused assets back onto the delivery truck. For training purposes, jelly beans will be used to  represent antibiotics such as doxycycline, ciprofloxacin and amoxicillin.

Read more about Wesleyan’s C-CERT team in the past Wesleyan Connection articles:

 

 

 

C-CERT Team Keeps Campus Safe after Winter Storm Nemo

Wesleyan's Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT), made up of trained Wesleyan staff and faculty members, was activated three times after Winter Storm Nemo. On Feb. 11, the team met at 6 a.m. to inspect all emergency exits and clear pathways near academic and administrative buildings.

Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT), made up of trained Wesleyan staff and faculty members, activated three times after Winter Storm Nemo. While Wesleyan’s grounds crew and grounds contractor Stonehedge worked to clear snow from the main campus pathways, sidewalks and parking areas, the C-CERT team worked to inspect and clear all emergency exits near academic and administrative buildings.

C-CERT Team Trained to Assist Wesleyan Community in Disaster Situations

Wesleyan's Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) gathered on Jan. 11 to welcome 18 new members and recite an oath led by Middletown's Office of Emergency Management officers. During a 20-hour training session held Jan. 9-11, the new C-CERT members learned to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize volunteers at a disaster site and improve the safety of the Wesleyan community.

Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) gathered on Jan. 11 to welcome 18 new members and recite an oath led by Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management officers. During a 20-hour training session held Jan. 9-11, the new C-CERT members learned to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize volunteers at a disaster site and improve the safety of the Wesleyan community.

On Jan. 11, a small explosion in Usdan University Center’s mechanical room left several staff and students trapped inside with possible injuries.

“We’ve got a situation,” says Bill Nelligan, director of environmental health, safety and sustainability. “Please gather your gear and head to the basement.”

Vinnie Agosta, desktop support specialist, uses leveraging and cribbing to remove a trapped victim during C-CERT training.

Vinnie Agosta, desktop support specialist, uses leveraging and cribbing to remove a trapped victim during C-CERT training.

A group of six Wesleyan staff members, trained in light search and rescue techniques, quickly prepare for the task. They sport reflective vests, safety helmets, goggles and gloves, and carry a backpack equipped with flashlights, duct tape, first-aid kits, tools and blankets.

Team leader Allen Alonzo, associate director of information technology auxiliary services, breaks the team into pairs, or “buddies,” and coaxes the group into the dark mechanical room. He instructs the team to move towards the left and keep one hand on each other’s shoulder.

“Hello, this is Wesleyan’s Emergency Response Team. Can anyone hear me,” he shouts.

“Help me. Help! I’m trapped,” yells a male’s voice.

“I’m here,” says another, muffled by cement walls and obstructions.

Although this was a mock disaster scenario used for training purposes, the members of Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) treated the disaster simulation with all seriousness. Within 13 minutes, Alonzo’s team discovered four injured victims in the mech room, all with different medical needs.

Campus Emergency Response Team Welcomes 17 New Members (with VIDEO)

Wesleyan's Campus-CERT team welcomed 17 new members. They are, front row, from left: Kim Krueger, general maintenance mechanic; Doug Brown of the City of Middletown; David Leipziger Teva, director of religious and spiritual life and University Jewish Chaplain; Octavio Flores-Cuadra, adjunct professor of romance languages and literatures; Stacey Phelps, assistant director of Residential Life; Liliana Carrasquillo, area coordinator for Residential Life; Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature; and back row, from left: Brian Stewart, chair and associate professor of physics; Doug Allen, assistant to the facilities manager in the Department of Chemistry; Erhard Konerding, documents librarian; Linda Hurteau, library assistant; John Snyder '12; Daniel LaBonte, area coordinator in Residential Life; Krystal-Gayle O'Neill, area coordinator in Residential Life; Noel Garrett, dean for the Class of 2015; and John Maher, residential operations coordinator. Scott Backer, assistant director of student life, is not pictured.

“Her name is Sally. She’s bleeding. She’s stuck under a concrete slab and she can’t move her leg,” says Krystal-Gayle O’Neill, area coordinator in Residential Life as she examines a woman trapped under explosion debris.

“Let’s get some cribbing material,” suggests Doug Allen, assistant to the facilities manager in the Department of Chemistry.

Noel Garrett, dean for the Class of 2015, works to stabilize a victim, played by Joyce Walter, director of the University Health Center.

Noel Garrett, dean for the Class of 2015, inserts wood blocks, one at a time, underneath a concrete slab, hoping to stabilize the heavy obstruction.

“Sally, if it hurts let me know,” he says. “We’re going to get you out of here.”

For 15 minutes, the Wesleyan employees worked together and finally rescued Sally from a mock emergency situation. As members of Wesleyan’s Community Emergency Response Team, the employees learn to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize volunteers at a disaster site and improve the safety of the Wesleyan community.

On Jan. 4-6, 12 Wesleyan staff members, three Wesleyan faculty, one student and one Middletown resident participated in 20-hour CERT training. The program included many hands-on activities, including fire extinguishing, locating a victim in the dark, CPR, dressing a wound and extricating a victim from a disaster area.

The program, which is supported by a grant

C-CERT Assists Middletown Community at Cooling Station

Three members of Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) assisted the City of Middletown in manning a temporary cooling station June 9. Stacy Baldwin, construction project coordinator in Physical Plant – Facilities; Cheryl-Ann Hagner, director of the University Events and Scheduling Office; and Brian Nangle, area coordinator in Residential Life, volunteered four hours each at the public station at Middletown High School. Their task was to register, monitor and assist personnel, ensuring their comfort during the heat wave.

Formed in September 2009, Wesleyan’s C-CERT was trained to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site. This was the C-CERT team’s second deployment in the community.

The C-CERT team is always looking for new members. For more information, e-mail wnelligan@wesleyan.edu. More information about Wesleyan’s C-CERT Team is online in a past Wesleyan Connection.

Campus CERT Team Assists Middletown with Disaster Response

Campus Community Emergency Response Team member Bill Nelligan records the names of personnel accessing the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown following the deadly explosion Feb. 7. The C-CERT group volunteered almost 100 hours of time.

Campus Community Emergency Response Team member Bill Nelligan records the names of personnel accessing the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown following the deadly explosion Feb. 7. The C-CERT group volunteered almost 100 hours of time.

On Feb. 7, the nearly-completed Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown exploded during a natural-gas purging procedure. It was a tragedy for the community that shook the earth in Middletown and beyond. The explosion caused the death of six people and injured more than 12 others.

Soon after the explosion was felt, Wesleyan’s administration offered to support rescue efforts in any way possible. Middletown officials quickly requested that Wesleyan activate its Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) and have them assist at the explosion site.

Over the next few hours, C-CERT team members Cliff Ashton, director of Physical Plant; Stacy Baldwin, construction project coordinator; Bill Nelligan, director of environmental health, safety and sustainability; Ricky Howard, project manager in Physical Plant; and Don Albert, facilities manager, arrived at the site to provide support.

“The day of the explosion

Emergency Response Team Members Trained at Wesleyan

Holly Jacobs from the Manchester Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) left, teaches Joyce Topshe, associate vice president for facilities, at right, how to properly give a “head-to-toe assessment” on an accident victim. Stacy Baldwin, construction project coordinator, plays the role of an injured person.

Holly Jacobs from the Manchester Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) left, teaches Joyce Topshe, associate vice president for facilities, at right, how to properly give a “head-to-toe assessment” on an accident victim. Stacy Baldwin, construction project coordinator, plays the role of an injured person.

An injured woman lays limp on the floor of Woodhead Lounge. She’s conscious, but immobile.

“Can you squeeze my fingers?” asks Barb Spalding, associate director of campus fire safety. “Oh, yes, you still have good strength. It appears all your pain is on the left side.”

Spalding, who was giving a “head-to-toe assessment” on acting accident victim Christine Cruz, safety coordinator, was training for Wesleyan’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

In the event of a real disaster, crisis or common emergency, Spalding will be prepared to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. Campus CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the Wesleyan community.

Thirteen Wesleyan staff members and four participants from Western Connecticut University and Eastern Connecticut University completed the three-day CERT Training Aug. 18-20. Four CERT