CCC hosts MEMA training for local first responders
CLARKSDALE – Members of the Coahoma Community College Police Department and other local first response agencies received training on the proper emergency response for a wide range of potential disasters last week.

CCC hosts MEMA training for local first responders

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Tue Feb 17, 2015

CLARKSDALE – Members of the Coahoma Community College Police Department and other local first response agencies received training on the proper emergency response for a wide range of potential disasters last week.

CCC police officers as well as members of the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department and the Coahoma County Fire Department met in CCC’s Georgia Lewis Theater last Wednesday and Thursday for the training, led by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures.

Jesse Murphree and Jeff Smith of MEMA lead the two-day training which explored several topics—including an analysis of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, how to respond to various emergency scenarios, and how to solicit assistance from     Coahoma County EMA, MEMA and FEMA.

According to CCC Director of Campus Safety Leon Williams, the training was organized at the request of Coahoma County EMA Director Johnny Tarzi and is a requirement for first response agencies who receive federal monies.

“At no charge these guys from MEMA came here and brought us all up to standard,” said Williams. “ I really appreciate them doing this.”

Williams said that the imminent threat of a disaster is very real for this area, so it’s vital for CCC staff, as well as local emergency responders, to receive training periodically.

“Just last year I heard that a tornado came through and hit Coahoma, so it’s really important that we stay current with our training and know the proper way to request assistance from the Coahoma County Emergency Management Agency and MEMA,” Williams said.