Wesleyan University to host emergency training

Wesleyan University announced on Friday that its Campus Community Emergency Response Team will undergo a day-long training program this week to prepare for public health emergencies.

The C-CERT team, which is made up of Wesleyan staff and faculty, will take part in the training program on Thursday. The Connecticut Department of Health's Division of Public Health Preparedness and Response Strategic National Stockpile Program will coordinate the exercise. During the training, C-CERT members will learn how to distribute medicine and medical supplies to the Middletown and Wesleyan community.

"If there's ever a bioterrorism or anthrax attack, mass flu outbreak or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tornado, our C-CERT team will be trained to quickly disperse medicines, such as antibiotics, to hundreds or thousands of people," Bill Nelligan, the director of environmental services and Wesleyan's C-CERT coordinator, said.

Wesleyan C-CERT members will join other participants from area health, fire and police departments to learn how to organize a mass dispensing area and effectively receive, ship, process and recover medical assets from the stockpile.

The training will take place in the Freeman Athletic Center's Bacon Field House, which would serve as a regional distribution site in the event of a real disaster.

The Strategic National Stockpile contains large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public in case of a public health emergency. Each state has plans to receive and distribute medical supplies to local communities as fast as possible.