FEMA partners with Kansas State to prepare students for future disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Thursday that it will partner with Kansas State University and others to raise awareness and encourage emergency preparedness among college students.

The American Red Cross and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management will collaborate with K-State and FEMA to produce two emergency preparation events on campus. The first event will be a Twitter chat and the second will be the ReadyCampus emergency preparation exercise. The American Red Cross will also hold a blood drive on campus.

"ReadyCampus is a great program and HandsOn K-State is thrilled to host such an important event," Lynda Bachelor, School of Leadership Studies project coordinator at K-State, said. "We encourage students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to both help their communities--through the blood drive and donating time to build care kits for the Salvation Army-- and to prepare for disasters."

HandsOn K-State works to promote volunteer and community service between campus and the community.

"Both events should be a lot of fun for the students, but more than that-they'll learn some important skills to take care of themselves and their friends and family when an emergency happens, and we know it will; it's just a matter of when," Beth Freeman, the FEMA Administrator for Region VII, said. "It's our hope participating young adults will walk away from both events feeling a bit more confident they can handle whatever emergencies come their way."