Tuesday, September 15, 2009

SXU holds 2nd annual Campus Safety Day during FEMA National Preparedness Month

Sept. 28 event is open to University community, public

Chicago (Sept. 15, 2009) Saint Xavier University students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to experience Campus Safety Day during FEMA’s National Preparedness Month on Monday, Sept. 28 at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Visitors will learn about the latest emergency response and management equipment, technology, and safety procedures in place for a variety of disasters ranging from winter storms and fires to campus violence. There also will be lectures on preparedness, educational displays from various agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Chicago Police Department and an emergency response vehicle display tour.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to view the video Shots fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes, which provides guidance for surviving a campus violence situation. A complete schedule of events is listed at the end of this release.

“The objective of Campus Safety Day is to educate the Saint Xavier community on the basics of individual disaster preparedness where fire, behavioral and weather emergencies are concerned, said Paul Kolessar, Chief of Police and Director for the Department of Public Safety. "We expect these efforts to increase awareness among the campus community and surrounding neighborhood, and boost confidence in federal, state and local response capabilities, operating under FEMA’s incident command system.”

Informational displays will be featured from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center. Presenters include the American Red Cross, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Fire Department, the Evergreen Park Police Department, the Oak Lawn Police Department, the Orland Park Police Department, Pillars Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, the SXU Counseling and Career Services, the SXU Health Center and SXU Public Safety

Lectures and Presentations:

American Red Cross: “Be Red Cross Ready and Winter Safety”
9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Butler Reception Room, Warde Academic Center

Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communication: “Emergency Management Preparedness”
10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and noon to 12:50 p.m.
Butler Reception Room, Warde Academic Center

”Disaster Planning and Recovery: Where Plans Fail or Succeed” presented by John Watson, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. – Insurance Brokerage and Risk Management
Noon to 12:50 p.m.
McGuire hall

”Students in Distress” presented by John Watson, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. – Insurance Brokerage and Risk Management
2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
McGuire hall

”Communications During and After Disasters” presented by John Watson, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. – Insurance Brokerage and Risk Management
3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Butler reception Room, Warde Academic Center

Video presentation: Shots Fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes
8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m., 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., 1 p.m. to 1:40 p.m., 3 p.m. to 3:40 p.m., 4 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
McGuire hall

Emergency Response Vehicle Display and Tour: Featuring Illinois National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Team and American Red Cross Communications Response Vehicle
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking lot 2, between Shannon Center and Pacelli Hall



Jay Foot
Executive Director of Media Relations
(773) 298-3937 or foot@sxu.edu

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