OCU Receives Funding for Disaster Management Response Vehicle
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Texas businessman Dr. Lyle and Nell Reed have provided funding to purchase a new disaster management response vehicle. This sixteen-foot vehicle will be equipped with stoves, ovens, refrigerators, food warmers, generator and floodlights to assist with needs such as the recent trip by 14 OCU students to serve Hurricane Sandy victims in Staten Island, New York.
The vehicle will allow OCU students and community members to respond to and serve fellow citizens during times of emergency. The vehicle will be equipped with necessary equipment and supplies to augment a standing response team or act in a relatively autonomous fashion. When disaster strikes, this vehicle will respond within hours and serve in the area for days providing meals. OCU students in the Disaster Management and Relief program are trained and have already responded to several disaster relief efforts but without this vitally-needed vehicle. A number of other requests for emergency response have been unable to be answered lacking this vehicle.
OCU President Mark Smith said, “I am humbled by such a significant year-end gift and by Dr. and Mrs. Reed’s confidence in OCU’s Disaster Management and Relief program.” Smith added, “This vehicle will provide much needed capability to respond to disasters with a trained cadre of certified response people. The vehicle is a great training tool for our students.”
Reed stated, “I would like others to be challenged to contribute to this program and make it one of the best in the nation. This gift is a challenge gift to others to raise an additional $100,000 over the next 100 days!”
OCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Disaster Management and Relief teaches students how to assist in relief and recovery efforts in natural disaster situations and man-made conflicts. It also prepares them for jobs in emergency management organizations. Professor Thad Hicks developed and directs this program that now has 40 students. Students have helped hurricane and tornado victims in Haiti (4 trips), Indiana, Kentucky, New York, and Ohio. About the gift, Hicks stated, “This will multiply the efforts of OCU around the world.”