FEMA Leads Emergency Training Seminar at MWSU

By Jonathan Cooper | jcooper@kq2.com, Bridget Blevins | bblevins@kq2.com

Published 04/22 2014 02:06PM

Updated 04/22 2014 09:45PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A campus in chaos after disaster strikes. Whether wild weather is the culprit or an active shooter, schools all across the country are preparing for the worst.

A training event is underway at Missouri Western State University this week to make sure students and faculty are on the same page in the event of an emergency.

"People have to know where to go and what to do during any situation," said Tim Kissock, MWSU Risk Manager.

That readiness comes with repetition.

"We're reminded about things that we forget about. So, it's a great opportunity to revisit what we already know and learn new things," said Bill Brinton, Buchanan County Emergency Manager.

Brinton knows what to do when disaster strikes. In his line of work, he also knows every situation is different and anything can happen. That's why he's taking part in the training session at Missouri Western.

"Campuses are small cities," he said. "So, all the different players need to know each other and know how to react if you have an emergency."

Brinton joined college and high school leaders for the two-day training presented by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The sessions provide information about the latest resources available.

"These systems and protocols are constantly updated and so what we're trying to do is stay up to date with what's going and and certainly improve what we already have," said Kissock.

Kissock says says while shooting scenarios are among the most recent tragedies to make headlines, severe weather events and other emergencies are also on the radar.

"The bottom line is - it's about keeping people safe and how to bring your resources back into play after any kind of bad situation," he added.

The key is planning ahead and knowing who does what when faced with the worst case scenario.

"They're practicing all the time," said Brinton. "They work towards making sure their faculty and students are safe."

Tuesday's session included building emergency scenarios and table top exercises. Missouri Western also held an active shooter drill recently.

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