FEBRUARY 20, 2008

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OSU-OKC creates Safety and Emergency Preparedness Center

Oklahomans know all too well the critical importance of team work in response to a natural or manmade disaster. Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City has created the Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness to focus on safety and emergency preparedness education and training for business and industry, emergency responders and the general public.

“We have strong partnerships with the first responder community (fire, police, EMT) and will take those a step further through emergency responder simulation training, Homeland Security and FEMA programs,” said CSEP Director Catreana Bennett. “We will also share our experience and knowledge with the business community, which also feels the impact of disasters such as those we have experienced.”

The center will capitalize on existing OSU-OKC programs and experience, partnering with private and public entities that share an interest in furthering knowledge and expertise in the arena of public safety and emergency preparedness.

“OSU-Oklahoma City has a 47-year commitment to improving Oklahomans’ lives through excellence in education and community development,” said OSU-OKC President Jerry Carroll. “The Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness takes that legacy to a new level, providing an ongoing cooperative assembly for education, coordination and communication, at all levels, about these matters so important to our daily lives and well-being.”

Program tracks within the center will include homeland security; emergency responder simulation training; business continuity; advanced driver training for business, industry, emergency responders and the general public; as well as community outreach programs and events focused on safety and preparedness for children, seniors and families.

For more information about the OSU-OKC Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness, contact CSEP Director, Catreana L. Bennett, M.Ed, at (405) 945-3234 or email Catreana.Bennett@osuokc.edu.