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Emergency Management Majors Coordinate Response in Disaster Drill

Richard A. Knecht (background), director of Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, watches as students Christopher H. Warney, of Williamsport, and Jamie L. Steer, of South Williamsport, take action.
Richard A. Knecht (background), director of Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, watches as students Christopher H. Warney, of Williamsport, and Jamie L. Steer, of South Williamsport, take action.
Shakeem J. Thomas (right), of Brooklyn, N.Y., joins Warney (left) and Corbin P. Snyder, of Harrisburg, in a busy downtown conference room.
Shakeem J. Thomas (right), of Brooklyn, N.Y., joins Warney (left) and Corbin P. Snyder, of Harrisburg, in a busy downtown conference room.
With a map of greater Williamsport nearby, Snyder and Christina R. Inman, of Sugar Grove, keep on top of the situation.
With a map of greater Williamsport nearby, Snyder and Christina R. Inman, of Sugar Grove, keep on top of the situation.
Monitoring the ever-changing flow of information are (from left) Steven J. Moon, of Williamsport; Brandon A. Schrimp, of Williamsport; and Cory Crider, of Sicklerville, New Jersey.
Monitoring the ever-changing flow of information are (from left) Steven J. Moon, of Williamsport; Brandon A. Schrimp, of Williamsport; and Cory Crider, of Sicklerville, New Jersey.
Effectively teaming up are Madison H. Januchowski, of Montoursville, and Daniel S. Lewis, of Hamilton Square, New Jersey.
Effectively teaming up are Madison H. Januchowski, of Montoursville, and Daniel S. Lewis, of Hamilton Square, New Jersey.

In collaboration with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, Penn College emergency management technology students recently participated in a disaster exercise at the city’s Emergency Operations Center in response to a tornado impacting the greater Williamsport area. Students role-played as EOC staff members in response to the “disaster” and simulated the coordination that would occur among emergency management; first responders; nongovernmental organizations; businesses; and local, county, and state government agencies.