Preparedness Day 2016

MU Preparedness Day 2016

MU Community Pledges to Prepare

Chris Soelle         September 29, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Millersville University (MU) Community learned more about disaster preparedness and how each person can help others prepare for the unexpected. Around 200 students, faculty and staff engaged with many organizations and professionals in the local, state, and national public safety sectors. 


“I came because I heard there was free food, but I was really surprised to find how interesting each booth was. I leaned a lot and really enjoyed myself,” said an MU student. 


Many students commented on how much they enjoyed learning more about disasters and emergencies. Students were able to tour the MU Police Department’s mobile command vehicle and a fire engine from Blue Rock Fire Department. 


The 3rd annual Preparedness Day was sponsored by the Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE). Preparedness Day is held every 3rd Tuesday in September in recognition of the National Preparedness Month. During September many national, state, and local public safety agencies and organizations promote preparedness for natural and man-made hazards. 


“Students were able to improve their knowledge regarding preparedness, and will spread this new knowledge to friends and family.  The ultimate goal is to relieve the burden from emergency personal when a disaster strikes as they are often outnumbered and overwhelmed due to so many individuals requiring assistance.  By holding events like Preparedness Day, together we are taking a step in the right direction towards our campus community being ready for the next emergency," said Andrew Yarosh, event organizer and graduate assistant at CDRE. 


Organizations represented at the event included: Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service - State College, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Lancaster Emergency Management Agency, Blue Rock Fire Department, MU Police Department, MU Center for Disaster Research and Education, MU Student Chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers, MU Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, MU Student Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and Community Emergency Response Team. 


Blue Rock Fire Department, Turkey Hill, and Utz Quality Foods donated food and drinks. The University Book Store, CDRE, and Duane Hagelgans donated prizes for the prize drawing.  

Photos from the event

MU Students visiting with representatives from LEMA
MU Students visit with representatives from FEMA
MU students show off their new swag