Nursing students learn preparedness

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/FDOH

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Preparedness staff members John Gountas and Brenda Barnes, coordinated a Preparedness Day event for Florida Gulf Coast University Nursing students at the Hendry County Emergency Operations Center. Discussions of the day included emergency management, public health preparedness, active shooter awareness and response in healthcare settings, opioid epidemic and the dangers of inhalants, Emergency Support Functions and Incident Command. The students were given a tour of the Emergency Operations Center and also given a briefing in the situation room. Pictured: Brenda Barnes (FDOH), Taylor Haines, Carson Emery, Amanda Avarello, Julian Haerle, Analese Carlucci, Nicole Denham, Hannah Crespo, John Gountas (FDOH), and FCGU instructor, Tina Ellis.

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