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Union’s ‘Town and Gown’ series to focus on disaster preparation

JACKSON, Tenn.Dec. 21, 2005 – Disaster preparation will be the topic for the next Town and Gown series at Union University.

The five-week course entitled “Disaster in the Making: Preparing Jackson for Disaster” will begin Jan. 3 and will feature lectures from Union faculty members and others with expertise in disaster preparation.

Kevin Cooney, associate professor of political science at Union, said the course will teach people how to respond to a variety of disasters.

“A lot of people don’t give much thought to how they should respond when a disaster hits,” Cooney said. “This course will help people with personal preparation, and it will help them know what to expect from the government, as well as what they need to expect from themselves in the wake of a disaster.”

The class is free and open to the public. Those attending may listen to lectures and participate in class discussions.

The class will be held each Tuesday night for five weeks, with two lectures each night – one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. The class will meet in D-3 in the Penick Academic Complex.

The schedule of topics for the class is as follows:

For more information, call Cooney at (731) 661-5103.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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