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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
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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
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Disaster Management Students Attend International Emergency Management Conference image

Disaster Management Students Attend International Emergency Management Conference

Disaster Management Students Attend International Emergency Management Conference image

Published: November 23, 2012

Students from Ohio Christian University’s Disaster Management and Relief Program recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend the International Association of Emergency Manager’s Conference.  This annual conference is a time for Emergency Management professionals from all over the world to come together to discuss Emergency and Disaster Management both domestically and internationally.  The conference provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security.  Sessions encourage stakeholders at all
Students from Ohio Christian University’s Disaster Management and Relief Program recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend the International Association of Emergency Manager’s Conference.  This annual conference is a time for Emergency Management professionals from all over the world to come together to discuss Emergency and Disaster Management both domestically and internationally.  
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OCU hosts Pickaway County Emergency Planning Committee

OCU hosts Pickaway County Emergency Planning Committee image

Published: October 11, 2012

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The Disaster Management and Relief program hosted representatives from various emergency readiness fields within Pickaway County on Ohio Christian University’s campus Thursday morning.  The Emergency Planning Committee was formed to discuss emergency readiness and response all across the county.  Led by Circlevile Fire Chief Tim Teener, and Pickaway County Emergency Manager Dave Conrad, the
The Disaster Management and Relief program hosted representatives from various emergency readiness fields within Pickaway County on Ohio Christian University’s campus Thursday morning.  The
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OCU Student Spends Summer Designing Emergency Operations Plan

OCU Student Spends Summer Designing Emergency Operations Plan image

Published: September 5, 2012

One of the values that Ohio Christian University strives to instill in their students is the idea of service to their communities.  This idea is driven home in each class, and students are encouraged to use the skills that they are developing at OCU to help out wherever they can.   This past summer OCU student, Ethan Allen, did just that when he helped an organization in Rising Sun, Indiana.Ethan volunteered to work as a mentor for a job skills training program hosted each summer through the Denver Siekman Environmental Park, DSEP.  The Park recently changed management, and the new
One of the values that Ohio Christian University strives to instill in their students is the idea of service to their communities.  This idea is driven home in each class, and students are encouraged to use the skills that they are developing at OCU to help out wherever they can.   This past summer OCU student, Ethan Allen, did just that when he helped an organization in Rising Sun, Indiana.
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Disaster Management Students Serve in Eastern Kentucky

Disaster Management Students Serve in Eastern Kentucky image

Published: March 14, 2012

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Two Disaster Management and Relief students made their way to Eastern Kentucky early Tuesday morning in route to assist in the disaster clean-up.  The students, Kendra Dixon and James Dixon, teamed