K-State Students Explore Disaster Preparedness

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas State students learned about disaster preparedness on Tuesday during the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ReadyCampus event.

Throughout the day FEMA representatives were on-hand teaching attendees the fastest ways to use sites like Twitter and Facebook to find critical disaster-related updates and connect with friends and loved ones during emergencies.

Students also participated in exercises to familiarize themselves with things they might expect from emergency management organizations during and after a disaster.

"So if a person wants to find out if a tornado might be coming through the area they could turn on the television, they could turn on the radio and they probably should, and they probably will continue to that," said External Affairs Specialist Amanda Bicknell. "But if they signed into Twitter they’re going to get that information really, super fast and it’s going to be in chronological order and it’s going to come from trusted sources."

The American Red Cross was also on hand hosting a blood drive. Both events support the national campaign America’s PrepareAthon.