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ETSU to simulate refugee disaster

March 20th, 2014 12:04 pm by Staff Report

ETSU to simulate refugee disaster

ETSU public health students learn about third-world building techniques on the college's Valleybrook campus. (Johnson City Press file photo)

East Tennessee State University's Interprofessional Education Program will stage a third-world disaster Saturday at the university's Valleybrook campus to help train health sciences students to deal with the unexpected.

Hundreds to thousands of actors portraying refugees will arrive at a simulated refugee camp, and students will be expected to provide housing, a medical clinic, sanitation and a clean station for them.

While they work, emergencies will arise that the students will have to cope with, for example, a pregnant woman may go into labor, a construction worker may be injured or a victim with severe diarrhea may contaminate clean areas.

ETSU theater students will play the part of the refugees and the outsiders threatening the stability of the camp.

The simulation will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with the last few hours devoted to debriefing the students.

For further information, contact Dr. Brian Cross at (907) 497-7158 or Dr. Mike Stoots at (423) 773-4724.

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