Don’t panic! This is just a drill.

Central Wyoming College will have a Disaster Drill on April 24 from 8am-1pm. This Disaster Drill will be an educational exercise for students on campus and will take place near the dorms. Nursing students will apply their skills and training from the classroom to a real-life scenario in this exercise.

“The nursing students will be using such skills as assessment, application of the nursing process and allocation of scarce resources in response to a community emergency,” Instructor of Nursing
Terry Wilson said. Other degree programs will also take part in this learning experience. CWC theater students and other students will play the role of victims during the drill.

Each actor will have a specific role to play during the event. The criminal justice students will shadow the Riverton Police Department, who are also part of the drill. Students will observe the actions of RPD during the crisis situation and participate in a debriefing session following the exercise for an after action review (AAR). Film students will be on location filming the exercise. And the human services students will participate and evaluate patients.

This disaster drill is meant to look realistic, therefore CWC wants to inform the community in advance that this is only a drill to educate students. “This is a great experience for our students, staff and community,” said Lori Ridgway, director of marketing. “Having the opportunity to work on a full scale exercise with professionals who work in law enforcement, health care and emergency services provide students the insight of how they might handle the pressure and emotions during an event like this.”