Volunteers Honored for Contributions to Emergency Preparedness

Volunteers Honored for Contributions to Emergency Preparedness
Police Chief Randy Quan chats with guests at the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on Feb. 19 at Kellogg West.

In the event of a disaster, it is the responsibility of the university?s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Team to get the university up and running as quickly as possible.

Building marshals and floor captains are trained and ready to assess a disaster situation, establish communication with other emergency volunteers, provide information to building occupants, and manage the situation until the arrival of emergency personnel.

?These volunteers attend trainings all year to acquire the skills necessary to evacuate the campus community, provide first-aid and CPR to injured victims, put out fires, etc.,? says Debbi McFall, emergency services coordinator. ?They coordinate drills to test the skills they acquire and the procedures we develop to be sure that all are used in the most efficient manner.

Cal Poly Pomona?s 250 trained emergency volunteers were honored at a recent breakfast for their dedication to the campus Emergency Management Plan.

Nearly 100 floor captains, building marshals and principal building marshals attended the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on Feb. 19 at Kellogg West. Vice President of Academic Affairs Tomas Morales, also the Emergency Operations Executive of the campus emergency plan, served as event host.

President Suzuki, Morales, Police Chief Randy Quan, Vice President of Administrative Affairs Pat Farris and McFall each thanked the volunteers ? referred to as ?heroes? ? for their commitment to the emergency plan. All were encouraged to continue their efforts to keep the campus safe.
McFall said the recognition breakfast validates the work they do and encourages them to recruit more volunteers and continue to update their skills.

?Without these volunteers on campus, dealing with emergency situations would be extremely difficult if not impossible,? says McFall. ?Much of the trainings and drills are done during lunch hours and quarter breaks in between doing the jobs for which they are paid on campus. Many of these people pay for training outside work with their own money and buy supplies out of their own pockets when there is no other way to provide them.?

?They are dedicated, hard working people who are truly committed to the safety of the campus community,? she adds.
Volunteers received a book called ?It?s a Disaster? about home emergency preparedness.