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WIU Emergency Management Department Celebrating 10th Anniversary

October 24, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Emergency Management program will celebrate its 10th anniversary Friday, Nov. 3.

The unique degree program is the first and only University-level program of its type in Illinois. The department was established at Western in 2007 to meet the growing state and national demand to address homeland security concerns and demands for emergency management personnel in public and private sector organizations that are responsible for health and safety issues, environmental concerns and hazardous material.

While developing the curriculum, Western faculty and staff worked closely with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials to ensure the program would address essential topics and issues.

The schedule for the celebration day include:

• 8:45-9 a.m. – Video presentation, Stipes Hall 121

• 9 a.m. – Welcome, short introductions, recognitions and mayoral proclamation, Stipes Hall 121

• 9:30 a.m. – Speaker Chad Sperry, director of the WIU GIS Center, Stipes Hall, 121

• 10:15-10:45 a.m. – Speaker Mick Fleming, distinguished former student and EM program graduate, and Bethany Albrecht, distinguished former student and EM program graduate, announcing scholarship opportunity for current EM students

• 10:45-11:15 a.m. – Speakers Dan Fulscher and Dave Christensen, professional emergency managers and WIU Collaborators -- state of Illinois

11:30 a.m.-noon -- Speaker Fred May, first WIU professor of Emergency Management at start of program in 2007

• 1-2 p.m. – Emergency Management drone demonstration, "Drones in Action for Emergency Management Purposes," outside Stipes Hall

• 2-3 p.m. - IESMA Student Group (WIU) Demonstration, location to be determined

• 3-4 p.m. - IESMA Professional Group Demonstration, location to be determined or WIU campus tour

For more information about the academic program, visit

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