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Brown Bag seminar on emergency preparedness is Feb. 20

Everyone is invited to attend a Brown Bag seminar on emergency preparedness at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Baker University Center 240. The event will be hosted by Ohio University's Division of Risk Management and Safety.

Topics to be discussed include emergencies related to snow, flood and tornado weather. This seminar will be valuable to participants as they will learn how to proceed when weather-related emergencies do occur, such as what actions to take when tornado sirens are sounded.

"These topics were chosen because of the time of year it is. Any of these events could impact our campus," said Jill Harris, emergency programs manager. "Students, faculty and staff need to know how to protect themselves in adverse situations."

Harris will lead a review session on campus procedures, emergency communication tools and where to go for more information. Students, faculty and staff will also have a chance to reinforce knowledge gained in the training by performing tabletop exercises, which are discussion-based scenarios. Participants will be asked to devise a response to a situation given to them.

Other Brown Bag seminars will be offered throughout the year as a way to spread information and to address concerns to a broader audience, face to face. RMS hopes to reach out to people with topics they are interested in. While Brown Bags have always taken place in the university, this will be a first for Risk Management and Safety.

"The Brown Bag lunch series offers another avenue for us to promote Risk Management and Safety programs," Harris said.

Future topics include worker's compensation, fire safety and ergonomics, which is the study of how to best fit the individual to the workplace environment.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Jill Harris at harrisj4@ohio.edu or 740-593-9532.