AHCPrepared: Topics in Emergency Preparedness Program

The Academic Health Center (AHC) Office of Emergency Response offers training sessions on emergency preparedness topics through its AHCPrepared: Topics in Emergency Preparedness program.

  • In-person classes are open to all University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty, and to Medical Reserve Corps members. We host Bystander (hands only) CPR, Active Shooter Response, and Basic First Aid on the Minneapolis (East Bank) and St. Paul campuses.
  • Online training is available on how to do Bystander (hands only) CPR, what to do during an active shooter situation, and how to create a personal and family emergency plan.

In-Person Training

Active Shooter Awareness: Active shooter incidents are unfortunate occurrences in today’s society. Do you know what to do should you find yourself encountering an active shooter?  The instructor for this class reviews the choices of evacuating, hiding, or, as an option of last resort, challenging the shooter. 

Basic First Aid: First aid is the initial assistance given to a sick or injured person until professional medical assistance arrives. This class does not include instruction on CPR.

Bystander (Hands Only) CPR: Each year over 300,000 people die in the U.S. from sudden cardiac arrest. The rapid response of bystanders saves lives. This session covers the steps to assist someone who has experienced sudden cardiac arrest, provides on opportunity to practice hands-only CPR, and reviews the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

See all our current in-person training opportunities.

Online Training

Active Shooter Response
Active Shooter Situation: Options for Consideration (3:40)
This Department of Homeland Security video demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with an active shooter scenario.

Responding to an Active Shooter (video 5:56)
The "Run. Hide. Fight" video developed by Ready Houston, provides the information you need to increase your chances of survival should you find yourself in the midst of an active shooter event. A version with subtitles is also available.

Bystander (Hands Only) CPR
Learn why it’s important to act quickly to help save a life with Hands-Only CPR. Watch and learn the simple steps. The American Red Cross has several videos to choose from as well as links to other information, such as survivor stories.

Personal & Family Emergency Preparedness
Information is available from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Emergency Preparedness and You, including how to pack an emergency supply kit.

Training for Units

AHC Office of Emergency Response staff can help arrange for department-hosted training on the topics listed below. Please contact us at medicalreserve@umn.edu or call (612) 626-4722.

Active Shooter Response: U of M Police Department Officers are available to provide crime prevention and personal safety presentations for the University Community. You can make a request directly to the Police Department for an Officer to present on Active Shooter Response by submitting a Request for a Community Outreach Officer. They will try to accommodate as many requests as possible depending on their staffing levels (it's suggested that these requests be made at least three or more weeks in advance). 

Bystander (hands only) CPR: Do you have a student, staff and/or faculty group interested in training on Bystander (hands oly) CPR? We can help set-up a training session (minimum 10 people). 

Basic First Aid: This class covers topics in basic firs aid, including what to do for chocking, seizures, bleeding, and burns. This calss does not include instruction on CPR (minimum 10 people).

Future training topic suggestions or questions

If you have suggestions for other training topics or any questions or concerns about emergency preparedness and response, please e-mail medicalreserve@umn.edu or call (612) 626-4722.

I’m convinced that the AHC Prepared: Basic First Aid class gave me the knowledge and skills to override my tendency to freeze when scared and allowed me to offer quick help and comfort to someone in pain.—Natalie Vestin

AHC Prepared: Topics in Emergency Preparedness

Instructors

Norm Okerstrom

Image of Norm OkerstromMr. Okerstrom, a resident of Plymouth, MN, is an American Heart Association certified instructor for Bystander, HeartSaver and Basic Life Support (BLS) classes. In addition, Norm serves as the Minnesota State Coordinator for Parent Heart Watch, the National Voice for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth. His interest in education and training began in 2009 after his 16 year old son collapsed from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) while conditioning at a local high school. He openly shares his son's story of survival as well as his knowledge of SCA in youth. In addition, Mr. Okerstrom serves as Co-Chair of the Rotary Club of Plymouth's Heart Safe Community program. 


Mike Pintar

Image of Mike PintarMr. Pintar spent the last 22 years as a paramedic working on a 911 ambulance in the metro area; 15 years of which he was an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations manager. He is the owner of Minnesota Medical Training Services, which has been offering EMS related training since 1988.