Training activity teaches community how to respond

March 5, 2013

Lisle, Illinois~ Knowing how to respond properly in the moments after a massive terrorist attack is critical to saving lives.

To better prepare the public in the event of an attack, Benedictine University has partnered with the DuPage County Health Department's Office of Risk and Emergency Management to hold a free public health emergency preparedness training session from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University.

The focus of the session is to provide volunteers from the community with an overview of public health procedures and training exercises for dispensing vaccinations and performing other medical countermeasures in the aftermath of a bioterrorism attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bioterrorism may include the release of viruses, bacteria or other germs used to cause illness or death in people, animals or plants.

The emergency exercise is a great opportunity to network with stakeholders and other leaders responsible for protecting the local community against a bioterrorism disaster.

No special expertise is required, but volunteers must be at least 18 years old. To register, visit


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.

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