School of Dentistry partners with Loma Linda city CERT program
In 2004, the city of Loma Linda started a community emergency response team (CERT) training program for its citizens. CERT coordinates the city’s emergency services with the people they serve.
Citizens who register for the program attend seven courses and are trained in basic response skills. These skills are integrated into the emergency response capabilities for Loma Linda.
CERT members assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until professional help arrives.
CERT members retain and refine their skills by participation in exercises and activities. They attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the department of public safety.
Several School of Dentistry employees and students were among the 100 completing the CERT program during 2006, including Alisa Wilson, LLU infection control manager; Anne Golden, DH’04; Ryan Cochran, DH’05; Eric Cornelius, SD’08; his wife, Cheryl; and Evie Roach, SD coordinator, urgent care.
The first CERT business meeting was held in July and the first CERT board was elected, as follows:
President, Lucy Rebuck, acting safety officer, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Hospital; vice president, John Zeller, travel supervisor, VA Hospital; Evie Roach, urgent care coordinator, School of Dentistry; Magdalena Maldonado, social worker, VA Hospital; public relations, Anne Golden, DH’04; advisor, Ken Howard, Loma Linda fire department engineer and CERT coordinator; Ehren Ngo, LLU emergency medical care program director and CERT coordinator.
According to Floyd Ferguson, dental supply manager, and disaster preparedness drill and training director, the School’s disaster program coordinates with the concepts of the CERT program. “The School is in the forefront of disaster preparedness campuswide,” he says. School employees take part in campus drills, increasing safety and helping the campus to be ready in the event of a disaster.
The third Tuesday of October each year, there is a campus-wide disaster drill. This year the disaster drill will take place on October 17.
By Nancy Yuen