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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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Published: June 17, 2019

A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
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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
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OCU student and athlete, David Nunez, has been appointed to West Point's class of 2020

OCU Student Appointed to West Point

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Published: May 6, 2016

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — David Nunez, a current international student at Ohio Christian University, was recently appointed to the West Point Military Academy.  He will be a part of West Point’s graduating class of 2020. The process from applicant to appointment at West Point Military academy is an arduous one. According to their website, acceptance to West Point is an “exceptional honor reserved for our nation’s most promising students,” requiring not only an excellent GPA, but also unimpeachable character and exceptional leadership skills. Dr. Hank Kelly, OCU Provost and US Air Force
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Published: September 21, 2015

Emergency Management Students Promote Fire Safety and Awareness with American Red Cross   Students from Ohio Christian University's Emergency
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Dr. Thad Hicks Returns to OCU image

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Published: September 21, 2015

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An experienced Emergency Manager, Thad Hicks returns to OCU as the Director of the Emergency and Disaster Management program. Before a three-year hiatus to work with the Emergency Disaster Services
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Published: September 14, 2015

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Published: September 8, 2015

Major changes have been taking place within the Emergency
Major changes have been taking place within the Emergency
Major changes have been taking place within the Emergency