Posted September 28, 2009

FEMA head stresses personal preparedness

  • Photo by Kelly and Massa Photography FEMA head Craig Fugate, center, stressed the importance of personal preparedness at Temple’s fourth annual Emergency Preparedness Fair, held September 28 at the Bell Tower.

About two dozen agencies, including the American Red Cross, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management and the Philadelphia Police Department participated in the event, which was sponsored by the Office of Campus Safety and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Fugate urged students to visit or Temple’s Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness websites to stay abreast of the latest information on personal preparedness. During his visit he spoke with Zachary W. Reichenbach, director of Temple's Emergency Medical Services, left, and Laura Anastor, captain of operations, right. Reichenbach is in his third year of the MD/PHD program in the School of Medicine and Anastor is a senior biology major in the College of Science and Technology.

TUEMS is a student-run volunteer program that plays a major role in campus safety. Members, who travel solely by bike, work with campus and city emergency personnel to handle medical emergencies on Main Campus from 7:30 p.m. thru 3:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

September is National Campus Safety Month, National Campus Fire Safety Month and National Emergency Preparedness Month.