Emergency managers hold conference to discuss college safety

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As spring semesters start to get underway, emergency managers from right here in the local area, and from the rest of the state, gathered for a conference.

This two day event, which started Thursday morning and ended Friday afternoon, focused primarily on safety on college campuses. To go along with that, the other main focuses were fire prevention and risk management, among others.

Attendees of the conference got to share information and ideas on what plans have worked in the past, and what could potentially work in the future moving forward. With several colleges right here in Binghamton, local officials are hoping to take some of this information and apply it.

“We can get together and learn from each other and discuss best practices and projects that may have been successes at other campuses. From there see how we can bring those successes back to our own campuses,” said Dave Hubeny, Executive Director for the Office of Emergency Management at Binghamton University.

Some of the talks at this conference were very interactive as well, putting attendees into certain situations where they could discuss the issue and solve it together. Hubeny says this falls right in line with the work attempting to be done right now at Binghamton University.

‘We’re actively right now involved right now in a hazard assessment process here at the University. So, it lines up well with some of the discussions that are going on. We’re, once again, it’s an ongoing process,” said Hubeny.

Damon Matson

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