The University of New Mexico hosts a three-hour elective class this fall designed to teach students how to better prepare themselves, their family and community in the event of an emergency.

The course (PEP 293/593) will teach a wide variety of FEMA topics including: emergency management, incident command, active shooter situations, disaster preparedness and response drills.

Additionally, students will learn about emergency preparedness on campus, and will prepare students to become part of the University's trained team of first responders known as the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT).

“This class is designed to teach students skills they can use for the rest of their lives,” said Piatt. “Students will learn about emergency preparedness and response on the UNM campus.”

The course, which will be held Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Center, rm. 150, is open to all students, faculty and staff of the university and is eligible for tuition remission benefits.

For more information contact UNM Emergency Manager, Byron Piatt at