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Edinboro University hosts 3-day FEMA emergency planning for Pennsylvania public and private colleges and universities


Some 50 campus officials from nine Pennsylvania colleges and universities will converge on Edinboro University this week for a three-day Federal Emergency Management Agency multi-hazard planning session for higher education.

Pennsylvania higher education officials begin their training session Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

The FEMA Course, administered by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, is designed to be delivered to teams of campus personnel who are responsible for creating, reviewing, implementing and exercising emergency operations plans.

In addition to members of Edinboro University’s Campus Emergency Response Team, other colleges and universities participating in the training include: California, East Stroudsburg, Indiana and Slippery Rock Universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, as well as Mercyhurst University, and Allegheny, Thiel and Grove City Colleges.

Topics to be covered during the three-day intensive training include the phases of emergency management; identifying hazards and using a risk assessment process; establishing Emergency Operations Centers; partnering with communities; developing plans, training and testing the plans; and engaging the campus communities.

The course trains teams from each campus with the intention of the team members take their new skills and knowledge back to their own campuses to facilitate the emergency planning process.