Practice Makes Perfect
On Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 12:20PM, students enrolled in EKU’s Disaster Management courses and EKU Emergency Management officials conducted an exercise of EKU’s Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures, as they relate to a simulated hazardous materials release affecting the Richmond Campus.
Students completed the drill following an orientation to the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) by officials from the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.
Charles Daab, a sophomore Homeland Security (HLS) major from Chicago, IL and Clark Cahill, a senior HLS major from Petersburg, KY were part of a team of six students assigned to locate the Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) control panel in the Whitlock Building, activate the Collective Protection System, simulate locking the doors at a prescribed time, and post mock “Stop – Sheltered In Place” signs at some of the entrances. “In this exercise, we were learning where the ESIP systems are and how they work,” said Daab.
“Now I can help get the word out to other students that these systems are in place and they can better protect themselves,” said Cahill. “It’s a very unlikely scenario, but it is good to practice just in case.”
Published on April 29, 2016