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Aug. 24, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU cosponsors emergency preparedness workshops


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – As part of the 9/11 Week of Remembrance events and in the wake of the recent 5.8 earthquake felt locally, the American Red Cross and Butler County Emergency Management will conduct two workshops to better prepare Slippery Rock University students and the Slippery Rock community deal with both man-made and natural disasters.

           A “Sheltering” workshop will be at 11 a.m. and an “Emergency Management” workshop will be at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 7. Both workshops will be in Room 205 of the University Union and are being offered as an SRU Center for Student Involvement and Leadership program.

            “On Aug. 23, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the East Coast and was felt locally with aftershocks throughout the day. While reported damage has been minimal, it reminds us of how important it is to be prepared when disaster strikes,“ said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president for disaster services with the local American Red Cross chapter.

“Although these workshops had already been planned, after the earthquake that shook both Pittsburgh and a number of East Coast states, it was clear that no matter where you live, a major disaster can occur and preparedness is the key for a communities’ survival,” said Patrick Beswick, associate director of residence life at SRU.

            “Our residence halls have been built with state-of-the-art materials and to then add staff members skilled in shelter operations, makes Slippery Rock University a very safe haven for our students during times of disaster,” he said.

            The Butler County Emergency Management workshop will explore how the agency helps protect local communities, their public health, safety and the environment during both man-made and natural disasters.

            In addition to the workshops, the American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 7, at the University Union in honor of Emergency Service Personnel.            

SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership will host a “Reading of Names” on the Quad Sept. 9. Ceremonies begin at 8:15 a.m. at Old Main. The CSIL will also assist at the Dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Sept. 10.  

For additional information call 724.738.2273.


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