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By Jerica Donald, OCU Junior, Emergency & Disaster Management and Business Major

The blazing sun in Puerto Rico has not stopped Salvation Army Volunteers from distributing meals and water to many people in the South Eastern division of the island.

Our Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) operations team used a bottleneck version of distribution in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.  Using that technique of distribution enabled us to serve 27,552 meals and 27,888 waters to people in need.  

This is a critical time where teamwork is needed, and it was achieved.  Relief teamwork can be difficult particularly with regard to timely communication.  Luckily for our team, this day communication went well.  As is often said by many in the EDS: “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Another challenge for relief distribution relies on effective teamwork when a team is sent into an unknown area, in this case into the remote mountain areas which, until now, were untouched by efforts to distribute food and water.  This area is just now being addressed with distribution and is not finished.  It will be an area on our future agenda because it is an area of greatest need.

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Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online image

Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online

Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online image

Published: June 17, 2019

A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton image

OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton

OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton image

Published: June 12, 2019

On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide relief. The Salvation Army is one such group providing relief. Dr. Thad Hicks, Director of Emergency and Disaster Management at Ohio Christian University (OCU), and Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Salvation Army in SW Ohio and NE Kentucky, has led volunteers consisting of student, faculty, and administration members, serving those in need as they continue helping
On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide relief. The Salvation Army is one such group providing relief. Dr. Thad Hicks, Director of Emergency and Disaster Management at Ohio Christian University (OCU), and Divisional Emergency Disaster
On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide

Archived Articles of Interest

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Helping Hands in Puerto Rico

Helping Hands in Puerto Rico image

Published: December 8, 2017

by Chelsi Mason, OCU Junior, majoring in Emergency
by Chelsi Mason, OCU Junior, majoring in Emergency
by Chelsi Mason, OCU Junior, majoring in Emergency
Ethan Allen Serves in Disaster Areas

Graduate Profiles: Ethan Allen and Dustin Hube Serve Where Disaster Strikes

Ethan Allen Serves in Disaster Areas

Published: August 27, 2019

The devastation of communities from natural disasters has piled on lately.  Hurricanes alone account for many billions of dollars in property loss.  The tragedy of lost loved ones and cherished family possessions is beyond measure.  In the midst of these far-reaching calamities, two OCU graduates have been working diligently to preserve and protect those affected most by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Ethan Allen, a 2015 OCU graduate in Emergency Management, has first-hand experience of such mega-disasters.  Working with The Salvation Army in Ft. Myers, Ethan assisted with the
The devastation of communities from natural disasters has piled on lately.  Hurricanes alone account for many billions of dollars in property loss.  The tragedy of lost loved ones and cherished family possessions is beyond measure.  In the midst of these far-reaching calamities, two OCU graduates have been working diligently to preserve and protect those affected most by Hurricanes Harvey,
The devastation of communities from natural disasters has piled on lately.  Hurricanes alone account for many billions of dollars in property loss.  The tragedy of lost loved ones and cherished
Sam Bussey in Houston with Encompass

Graduate Profile: Sam Bussey Served in Houston

Sam Bussey in Houston with Encompass

Published: August 27, 2019

When Samantha “Sam” Bussey graduated from Ohio Christian University in 2017 she never imagined her major in Emergency and Disaster Management would lead her so quickly to life-changing and impactful recovery work generated by Hurricane Harvey. Recently, with Encompass World Partners—a faith-based organization that sends missionaries worldwide in crisis response—Sam was stationed in the heart of Houston, Texas, helping restore the Harvey-ravaged community. At Encompass, Sam was a member of a team that is helping hurricane victims in Houston. Traveling to such areas, she assists in
When Samantha “Sam” Bussey graduated from Ohio Christian University in 2017 she never imagined her major in Emergency and Disaster Management would lead her so quickly to life-changing and impactful recovery work generated by Hurricane Harvey. Recently, with Encompass World Partners—a faith-based organization that sends missionaries worldwide in crisis response—Sam was stationed in the
When Samantha “Sam” Bussey graduated from Ohio Christian University in 2017 she never imagined her major in Emergency and Disaster Management would lead her so quickly to life-changing and
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OCU Emerency Management Supports Community Response Partner

OCU Emerency Management Supports Community Response Partner image

Published: August 24, 2016

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Students training with local law enforcement for an emergency training exercise.

Emergency Management Students Participate in Emergency Exercise

Students training with local law enforcement for an emergency training exercise.

Published: June 8, 2016

ORIENT, Ohio — The Pickaway County Emergency Management Office in conjunction with The State Emergency Management Office conducted a functional hazardous materials exercise last Friday. The purpose of the exercise was to ensure that an adequate hazardous materials response plan exists on the county level. The functional exercise involved a simulated hazardous material release that occurred on state Route 762 in Scioto Township.  Ohio Christian University Emergency Management has been involved since the planning stage of this emergency exercise event.  The initial impetus of the
ORIENT, Ohio — The Pickaway County Emergency Management Office in conjunction with The State Emergency Management Office conducted a functional hazardous materials exercise last Friday. The purpose of the exercise was to ensure that an adequate hazardous materials response plan exists on the county level. The functional exercise involved a simulated hazardous material release that occurred
ORIENT, Ohio — The Pickaway County Emergency Management Office in conjunction with The State Emergency Management Office conducted a functional hazardous materials exercise last Friday. The purpose