EMU gets grant to help with emergency planning Dingell praises school & Ed. Department decision

by Pamela Young, Published June 23, 2009

YPSILANTI — Washington, DC - Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) is pleased to announce a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for $490,517.

The grant will help Eastern Michigan with work on its Emergency Management Plan (EMP), a comprehensive all-hazards plan for the 800-acre campus and its 122 facilities.  Specifically, the work will include a crisis management plan, a continuity of operations plan and a communications plan that will unite the new plans with the updated EMP.  Eastern Michigan last implemented a new EMP in 2007.

 "EMU's top priority has long been protecting its students and facility and making sure they know the school is ready to deal with emergency situations," said Congressman Dingell. "There have been a lot of lessons learned there over the past two years since EMU last reviewed and improved its Emergency Management Plan.  While EMU has done a good job since the last review, this grant will allow the University to do even more to protect its people.  I want to commend the U.S. Department of Education for this decision.

“I also want to commend President Susan Martin for the changes she has implemented since becoming president.  Her dedication and effort on behalf of the students of EMU has not gone unnoticed and it is my hope that this grant will allow her to continue her good work."

President Martin added: "I am very pleased that the Department of Education has recognized Eastern Michigan University for this award.  This grant will enhance our safety and enable our campus to develop an emergency management training, education, and communications program to better prepare and protect our campus and community against potential disasters.  I also want to thank Congressman Dingell for his long-standing leadership and support of Eastern Michigan University and our community. His hard work is greatly appreciated."

Pamela Young

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