Tomorrow is the annual Emergency Preparedness Expo at NDSU that is sponsored by the Department of Emergency Management and the NDSU Emergency Management Student Association. The Expo will be in the Plains Room which is upstairs in the Memorial Union on NDSU’s campus and runs from 10 AM to 3 PM. It is a free event and is open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Many community partners will be present at the Expo to provide information and answer questions.
Every year my Disaster Preparedness students have a table at the Expo. They show the preparedness PSAs they created for class and they give out the adorable rubber ducks that have come to be a favorite amongst attendees. The ducks are intended to serve as a reminder of our simple message:
YOU CAN’T DUCK THE FACTS.
GET YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW.
If you are in the Fargo-Moorhead area tomorrow I encourage you to attend the Expo, learn more about how you can be better prepared, and grab a duck to remind you to be ready for whatever emergencies or disasters may occur. I leave you tonight with some photos of my bright and shiny students posing with their own personal ducks. Take a good look at these faces – they are the folks who will working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the future helping to keep people and property safe – these are the emergency management professionals of the future. And yes, it all starts here with rubber ducks.
Day one thousand five hundred and fifty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da