Members of UMass Emergency Medical Services were on hand to welcome 40 campus teams competing in the UMass Amazing Race on April 6. When teams arrived at Draper Hall they were directed to watch a video showing First Aid steps and they had to replicate what they saw to one of their teammates.
UMass and Northampton Emergency Managers teamed up with the Western Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council to “exercise” Hampshire County’s Emergency Shelter plan recently. The scenario was based on a tornado scenario in the county, but the need to operate a shelter could come from a variety of natural or man-made incidents.
Representatives from 15 emergency response organizations were on hand for the exercise, including MRC and College of Nursing members and representatives from Environmental Health and Safety, the Office of Emergency Management, and Health Services from UMass. There were close to 200 participants from throughout Hampshire County.
Participants began the day by rotating among several different workshops and presentations. Topics ranged from best sheltering practices to caring for vulnerable populations. Officials then transitioned into the exercise portion of the event, setting up a mock shelter in the school’s cafeteria.
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During quarterly fire safety inspections held at the childcare facilities on campus recently, UMass Fire Prevention Services Supervisor Michael Swain and members of the Hadley Fire Department took some time for fire safety education with the children during their fire drill.
Though the majority of UMass Amherst is located in Amherst, several facilities are located within other towns, such as Hadley, Belchertown and South Deerfield. Community partners like the local fire departments work with campus safety personnel throughout the year to promote a safe healthful environment for living, learning and working at UMass.