Hundreds of Texas A&M students take part in ‘Disaster Day’ drill

The Eagle

Just before 2 p.m. Friday, large groups of Texas A&M students and other area residents stood around, laughing and talking under a stunning blue sky. Minutes later and on cue, many of those same people wailed, pleaded for help, gesticulated wildly and mimicked severe ailments — all at the Texas A&M Extension Service (TEEX) Disaster City as part of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center’s 12th annual Disaster Day.

The committed actors — many of them donning makeup designed to emulate elaborate wounds of varying degrees — shrieked, muttered and staggered about as they waited for members of the A&M Corps of Cadets to pull them from the wreckage. The first responders took them to students from the colleges of medicine and nursing, who had to figure out how to treat the mock patients in the aftermath of a vicious — albeit fictional — earthquake.

Students from the Texas A&M College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences participated. The Corps of Cadets joined in for the second time at the event, which began as a College of Nursing program 11 years ago.

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