The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) nursing and Systems Management and Production Center (SMAP) are teaming up to bring a Mass Casualty Simulation/Training Day to Nurses and teachers in Jackson County. The training will take place at the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology on Jan. 6.

There will have a disaster simulation and participants will be taught how to respond in an emergency. They will learn how to use tourniquets and other first aid techniques. There will have hands on opportunities to properly learn the emergency process to stop the bleeding until help arrives. The training will apply to administrators and nurses from each county school.

It is a live simulation, so the training will be as real as possible.

“We are preparing for the worst-case scenario to be ready for what we hope never happens,” said Jackson County Schools Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction AJ Buckner.

The training will be led by Gary Maddux, Norven Goddard, Ishella Fogle and Gary Speers from UAH SMAP. The training will start in the morning with the simulation preparation. The mass casualty simulation will last from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by a debriefing. The afternoon session will provide more education like disaster management and strategic planning. UAH has donated three mass casualty kits to each school in Jackson County.

The training is free for Jackson County School District.

“The training is essential because of the reality of the world we live in,” said Buckner. “We must prepare ourselves for the worst-case scenarios to be as ready as possible.”

Buckner regularly meets with UAH and Dr. Maddux and staff to coordinate areas where UAH can better serve our students and teachers.  They also meet to discuss ways that Jackson County students can be better prepared for College and Careers.

UAH has been very active in conducting travelling STEM shows for all Jackson County students to promote STEM learning and careers.  

UAH gave each Jackson County School a 3D printer this fall. They set them up, trained teachers on how to use them and are providing technical support.  

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