In the event that a disaster happens on the Tarleton State University campus, communication between all local agencies is key to helping those at risk get to a place of safety or treating those with injuries.
Faculty and students from Tarleton’s Department of Nursing in cooperation with local first responders will host a disaster preparedness simulation on Sunday, Oct. 19.
The first-ever exercise of its kind on the Stephenville campus begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m., with assessments of the activities following a break for lunch.
The mass casualty exercise will use several Tarleton facilities, including the university’s Nursing Building, intramural and practice football fields, Wisdom Gym and meeting space within the Barry B. Thompson Student Center. CareFlite also will participate in the drill and transport “patients” from the triage center.
Students and others on campus are requested to refrain from entering the areas where the mass casualty exercise is being held, and motorists are asked to find alternate routes due to the inner-campus street closures.
The disaster preparedness simulation will incorporate a coordinated response by Cross Timbers Emergency Response team, Stephenville and Erath County first responders, university law enforcement, CareFlite, Red Cross representatives, Tarleton’s nursing students, Engineering, Psychology, Social Work, Student Health Center, and the Counseling Center, following a simulated tornadic event that simulates widespread damage to the city and campus, including human casualties.
Cheryl Hunter, nursing simulation lab supervisor at Tarleton said, “The scenario is a destructive tornado touch down in Stephenville, which affects a large portion of the city and makes a path through the Tarleton campus. The premise being, the hospital in Stephenville is overwhelmed with critically injured patients and the university’s Department of Nursing responds as a treatment center for disaster victims.
“What we hope to accomplish is an understanding of how the Tarleton Department of Nursing may be a resource to the community in the event of an actual disaster. This event will strengthen the lines of communication between the Department of Nursing, other Tarleton participants and community first responders, as well as foster interdisciplinary cooperation,” she said.
Hunter said the main goals of the disaster preparedness simulation include:
• Preparation of baccalaureate nursing students in emergency response management;
• Evaluation of clinical decision-making of Tarleton’s nursing students; and
• Collaboration with local and area emergency first responders and associated agencies to improve (campus community) internal emergency response policies, procedures and effectiveness.
On the morning of the Oct. 19 exercise, first responders will stage their EMS units and vehicles in a parking lot along Tarleton Street behind Big Lots and Big 5 Sports Goods. Local EMS providers will not take all ambulances out of service during the exercise and will maintain a crew to respond to actual emergencies within the city and surrounding area.
During the drill, Tarleton students, faculty and staff will be alerted via a “test” Code Purple message, the university’s emergency warning system. Members from a local HAMM radio operator’s club also will assist with communications in the likelihood an actual tornado were to disrupt telephone and internet connectivity.
Following the exercise, participants will gather in the Tarleton Fine Arts Center Auditorium for a debriefing session. Ultimately, findings from the exercise will be used by the Tarleton Department of Nursing efforts to have its facility become a designated Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to supplement existing community response capabilities in time of emergency.
“The nursing department at Tarleton is housed in a 55,000 square foot structure where the entire second floor is a dedicated simulation and teaching laboratory. The facility contains hospital-grade equipment throughout and can hold up to 16 patients with 10 additional exam rooms spaces,” said assistant professor of nursing Jean Montgomery. “All of the nursing faculty members and lab staff are all licensed registered nurses in Texas and several have advanced practice licensure as nurse practitioners. Yet, many of us do not have practice affiliations with local hospitals. In the case of an emergency, we would not have the ability to meaningfully contribute to disaster relief efforts. We also have approximately 250 students enrolled in the nursing program at any given time.”
Montgomery said the Tarleton MRC will be a valuable disaster relief asset to the region, if the designation is fulfilled. “This mass casualty exercise was planned and coordinated over the course of an entire year. We received support from the North Central Texas EMS Regional Advisory Council and we have been able to work with local and county first responders to establish how we can fit in with existing emergency plans. We are also working with Red Cross and one of Texas Baptist Men’s disaster relief teams to support the exercise.”
Police will secure the disaster simulation area and limit access into Tarleton’s campus to provide passage for EMS and paramedics at a staging and transport area along Rome Street. Vehicle traffic will be prohibited from entering campus on Rome Street, south from Frey to Sloan Street. Officers also will barricade Sloan at the Harbin Drive intersection, east towards Rome during the drill.
“Training like this will provide a unique hands-on learning experience for all participants and introduce our nursing students to the process of disaster response. In addition, the event will allow the students to become acquainted with their future community healthcare partners,” said Hunter. “If a disaster, such as a tornado, were to happen, we want to be assured that we have the resources and training to be able to handle a large-scale disaster.”
“We are extremely grateful to all of those who have helped make this event a reality. Without the involvement of community and university partners, an exercise of this scope would not be possible. We recognize their contribution of time, effort, resources and personnel. This has truly been a group effort”, said Dr. Jennifer Yeager Assistant Professor of Nursing.
For more information on Tarleton’s Department of Nursing, please visit www.tarleton.edu/nursing. To view university policies and procedures related to safety preparedness and response, see www.tarleton.edu/safety.
Starting Monday, voters will be able to cast ballots early in several races and an amendment decision with two Erath polling locations open.
Early voting for the Nov. 4 General Election will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 20-Oct. 24 at the Dublin County Annex (219 S. Grafton) and the Erath County Courthouse in Stephenville. Early voting will continue at the courthouse from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 27- Oct. 31.
Contested state races include Texas Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Railroad Commissioner, Comptroller, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Agriculture Commissioner, Attorney General, Supreme Court and the State Senate.
There are also contested races for places on the Lingleville and Morgan Mill school boards. In the Lingleville elections, Sonya Koke is running against incumbent Jay Procter and Amber Parks will face incumbent Monty Williams.
In Morgan Mill ISD races, Jim Herbertson and Patrick Soderlind are vying for one seat while Namon Blevins and Ken Stokes are running for another.
Ballots will also include decision on an amendment “providing for the use and dedication of certain money to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.
On Nov. 4, the Dublin Annex and County Courthouse will be joined by several more voting locations: Lingleville School building, Morgan Mill Community Center, Selden Community Center, Bluff Dale Fire Department, Huckabay School building, and in Stephenville: Centurylink Telephone Office, Texas Bank and United Cooperative Services.
Voting centers will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on election day and registered Erath voters can vote at any of the locations regardless of where they reside.
Requests for mail ballots may be received through Oct. 24 and can be sent to: County Clerk, 100 W. Washington, Stephenville, TX 76401.
The Dublin Lions football crew continued to roll Friday on the road with impressive outings, this past week notching a 54-21 win over Bruceville- Eddy to open district and only needing one more win to secure a playoff spot.
But the Lions want more than just a play-off spot as being at the top of district competitors would help insure play-off wins. The Lions have not had a play-off win since 1965 and haven’t been in the playoffs in more than a decade. Currently, the top three teams of the six team district after the first week of district play are Dublin with the win over Bruceville-Eddy, Jarrell with a 55-0 win over Clifton and Rogers with a 29-3 win over Marlin.
Marlin is the next competitor for the Lions with a home game at Memorial Stadium Friday night (Oct. 17) at 7:30.
The Lady Lions volleyball team also added some wins over the past week.
On Saturday the Lady Lions began District play as they traveled to Comanche.
Dublin dominated the match as their aggressive offense took charge and led them to a three set win with the scores of 25-10, 25-15, 25-12.
On Tuesday Dublin faced Bangs at home. Once again the Lady Lions came out strong as they dropped the Lady Dragons in three sets with the scores of 25-9, 25-22, 25-12.
For more coverage, see the Oct. 16 edition.
The Dublin Lions authenticated their credentials as being king of the beasts Friday with a sound thrashing of a quality 3-1 team from Grape Creek.
It was a homecoming celebration that saw the Lions answer every challenge from the visiting Eagles. It was the final non-district game of the year, giving the Lions a 3-2 record and grooming them for the games that count in the district race that starts next week after all six teams in district 10-AAA have a week off to heal and prepare.
Every time Dublin let up on the Eagles, they would score. The lesson: Coach Bob Cervetto said don’t take your foot off their throat.
The final score was 53-26 but it was not that close. At one point early in the fourth quarter, the score was 46-6. The Lions would let up and the Eagles would try to fly. The Lions barred their teeth with starters and keep them from flying. Then, the Eagles managed to take off for a quick score.
Jo Anne Reynolds, 76, of Granbury, TX died on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 in Fort Worth.
She was born on Oct. 24, 1938 in Dublin to Joe B. Henderson and Lois Parr Henderson.
She was united in marriage to Avery M. Reynolds on June 22, 1956 in Dublin. He preceded her in death in 1990.
Reynolds was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dublin who won several ribbons for her English Cocker Spaniels in dog shows.
She is survived by a daughter, Kim Irwin of Granbury, a son, Bob Reynolds of Dallas; three grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Billingsley of Dublin.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. in the Erath Gardens of Memory, Dean Bradley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dublin Public Library, P.O. Box 427, Dublin, TX 76446 or Dublin Corner Lot Project, 126 N. Patrick St., Dublin, TX 76446.
Patsy Ann Murphy, 75, of Dublin, died on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 in Dublin.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Pecan Cemetery in Erath County. Visitation will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stephenville Funeral Home.
She was born on Nov. 19, 1938 in Seymour, TX to the late J. D. and Ailene Curry Studer.
She married Clarence Murphy on Sept. 12, 1956 in Lubbock. He preceded her in death May 24, 2007.
Murphy was a member of the Southside Church of Christ, and had lived in Carlton for 20 years before moving to Dublin in 1986. She was a retired LVN.
Survivors include children, Mona Zmeskal of Dublin, Tommy Murphy of Rowlett, Jimmy Murphy of Carlton, and Kathy Eoff of Dublin; sister, Kay Stone of Stephenville; brothers, Johnny Studer of Hico and Richard Studer of Waco; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.