Jill Washburn, RMC community services coordinator, 406.238.7394,
RMC Media Team, 406.657.1105,

RMC to Host 1st Annual Disaster Institute  

BILLINGS, October 13, 2014 – Rocky Mountain College will host the first annual Montana State Disaster Institute on October 16-18. This three-day event is intended to provide disaster preparedness and response training to college students, staff, and faculty. 

The Montana State Disaster Institute is the result of the Montana Campus Compact “Ready Campus” initiative, which is a grant-funded program to prepare college campuses to respond effectively and efficiently during disasters and emergencies. There are three tracks of training for volunteers from Montana colleges and universities: basic disaster preparedness training; CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training; and American Red Cross basic disaster response training including sheltering. 

The Disaster Institute is free of charge and food will be provided. It is open to students, faculty, and staff from colleges and universities across Montana. Most of the training will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Morledge-Kimball Hall on the RMC campus, with the exception of some workshops that will be held outside and in Fraley Lounge. 

“It is a tremendous honor that Rocky was chosen to host this institute,” said RMC Community Services Coordinator Jill Washburn. “Through hosting this event, we hope to demonstrate Rocky’s commitment to campus safety and disaster preparedness, as well as be seen as a blueprint for other campuses to host similar institutes in the future.” 

The Disaster Institute is a collaborative effort by the American Red Cross of Montana, the Department of Emergency Services, Montana Campus Compact, and the Governor’s Office of Community Service.