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OTA role in disaster preparedness

Holmes CC students teach UMMC Occupational Therapy students how to construct a simplified disaster relief shelter called a Hexayurt.
Holmes CC students teach UMMC Occupational Therapy students how to construct a simplified disaster relief shelter called a Hexayurt.


Earlier this month, Holmes Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students became instructors as a part of a disaster preparedness project in conjunction with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The project was called “Occupational Therapy’s Role in Disaster Preparedness.”

Holmes CC Instructor Sherry Hager described disaster preparedness as “an emerging area” in the practice of Occupational Therapy.

“Our profession is becoming increasingly active in the role of preparedness, response and relief,” she said.
As a part of the project, Holmes students taught UMMC Occupational Therapy students how to construct a simplified disaster relief shelter called a Hexayurt. Materials for the project were donated by Stantec.