HARRISONBURG -- With recent tragedies across the country, college leaders are trying to be more prepared for emergencies.
The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, in Harrisonburg held classes for James Madison University faculty members, so they can be better equipped to handle an emergency. Faculty learned how to properly use first aid techniques. JMU staff also learned how to address a situation and then respond to it in a safe way.
Hope Thomspon is a JMU faculty member and she said the class taught her teamwork and important life skills.
“It's just really a rewarding experience, you know. I signed up for it just thinking this is great for my job and then learned so much about what to do at home and also just met a lot of wonderful people in the community,” said Thomspon.
More than 2,000 colleges and jurisdictions in the country use CERT training techniques.
This is the third year the CERT program has been on JMU's campus. The next class starts at the beginning of May.
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