CSU, Chico News

2011-12 Book in Common Sponsoring Emergency Preparedness Panel Discussion September 19

Date: 09-01-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Brooks Thorlaksson
Book in Common Publicity

An Emergency Preparedness Panel Discussion inspired by this year’s community Book in Common, Dave Eggers’ “Zeitoun,” will take place Sept.19, 6:30-8 p.m., in the Chico City Council Chambers.

“Zeitoun” documents the impact of Hurricane Katrina on an American family living in New Orleans before, during and following the disaster. Among the many questions it poses, the book asks us to consider what it means to be part of a community and what our responsibilities to one another are in times of crisis.

“The Emergency Preparedness Panel is designed to help us consider how prepared we would be—individually and collectively—if a disaster struck Chico,” noted Thia Wolf, First-Year Experience Program director at California State University, Chico and coordinator of Book in Common events.

Panel speakers include Alivia Strawn, Enloe Medical Center, director of Environment of Care; Marvin Pratt, CSU, Chico director of Environmental Health & Safety; Chief James Beery, City of Chico Fire Department; and Tim Truby, Chico Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist.

“This discussion will shed light on how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors during a crisis,” said Wolf.

The panel will touch on various issues regarding emergency preparedness, including:

• What would likely happen in the first two to three days following a large-scale emergency in Chico?

• What do individuals, families and neighborhoods need to know how to do in the wake of a large-scale emergency?

• What emergency-preparedness supplies should you always have on hand — in your home and in your vehicles?

There will be a Community Kick-Off for the Book in Common on Sept. 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Chico City Plaza. Students and faculty from Butte College and CSU, Chico will read excerpts from the book, and some typical New Orleans jazz will help set the scene. Mayor Ann Schwab will read a proclamation from the city of Chico.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wolf at 898-6579. Look for more Book in Common events online at www.csuchico.edu/bic.