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 www.dupagehealth.org/training.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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