Daniel Berndt
Guest Writer

This semester, amidst the array of fairs, outbreaks and club meetings, a new event has popped up on the calendar– Preparedness Day. In its incipient year, Preparedness Day, hosted by the Center for Disaster Research & Education (CDRE), will provide the opportunity for students to engage in various acts of emergency and disaster preparedness in a way meant to be both fun and informative.

Unlike the standard set up of most passerby events, Preparedness Day will not be the same. Instead, attendees will be encouraged to take a variety of “pledges” ranging from learning how to use a fire extinguisher, to assembling an Emergency Go-Bag and signing up for the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Additionally, every pledge is an entry to win a prize. The more pledges you take, the better chance you have to win, including a grand prize.

The Center for Disaster Research & Education is holding Preparedness Day.
The Center for Disaster Research & Education is holding Preparedness Day.

The event will be held Tuesday, September 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. behind the CDRE (Luzerne House) and also spread into the northwest corner of the McComsey parking lot, making it visible to students passing by on their way to lunch. Preparedness Day guests include the award-winning student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Blue Rock Fire Rescue (BRFR), the Lancaster Emergency Management Agency (LEMA) and Millersville University’s Environmental Health & Safety Department.

Fire trucks will be available to explore. Students can also speak with those who save lives for a living. Free food including Kunzler Hot Dogs, Herr’s chips and drinks will be available for students to grab as they stop by.

The Center takes great pride in its association with a number of educational and research projects across the nation. The CDRE has been involved in a variety of community-based research projects including the development of disaster plans, state mitigation planning and business community branding and education.

In addition, CDRE faculty and students conduct research on various issues related to disasters, mitigation and planning. The center has been involved in research funded through the National Science Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and in collaboration with other academic research centers.

The mission of the CDRE is to provide multi-disciplinary education, research and internship opportunities and to play a role in the education and workforce development of the next generation. Another responsibility of the CDRE is to conduct and disseminate research and to contribute to communities within the region and nation. The Master of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) program, the undergraduate Environmental Hazards and Emergency Management Minor (EHEM) are offered through the CDRE.

For more information, look for the event on the CDRE’s Facebook and Google+ pages as well as their websites at http://www.millersville.edu/cdre andhttp://muready.weebly.com/.