On Friday, first responders from eleven agencies participated in a disaster drill and more than 100 nursing students—the entire junior class—portrayed victims, complete with theatrical makeup that gave them realistic-looking gashes and bruises. The catastrophe played itself out in the morning, then gave way to an afternoon exercise where campus officials talked about repairs, closures, press briefings, and the process of getting back to normal.
Global Disaster Nursing Program News
The Office of Emergency Management will facilitate a full-scale exercise on Friday to test campus plans for working with local response partners in the event of a serious emergency on campus or the surrounding area.
In Clay County, Kentucky, flooding or ice frequently blocks access to emergency services. If a tornado hit the area, shelter would also be hard to find. A group of UT faculty members and students is trying to change this situation. Nursing professors in the Global Disaster Nursing program are working with architecture and environmental engineering professors, law enforcement professionals, graduate students, and Clay County community partners to improve the area’s community wellness and disaster preparedness.
The threat of terrorism continues to evolve in our changing world. Walter Purdy, director of the Terrorism Research Center in Washington, DC, will lead an interactive public presentation to explore terrorism in the 21st century. The talk will be at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the College of Law. Purdy will explore the changing face of global terrorism, terrorism and the media, terrorism and technology, and successes and challenges ahead.