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K-State Today

October 8, 2013

University to participate in statewide emergency preparedness exercise this week

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University will participate in the Kansas Department of Agriculture's emergency preparedness exercise Wednesday and Thursday.

The two-day functional exercise, based at the Biosecurity Research Institute, will enable the state Department of Agriculture and its partners in other state agencies, federal and local government, industry and the university to practice the state's foreign animal disease response plan. More than 200 individuals will participate in the simulated emergency that will be based on the confirmation of foot-and-mouth disease in the United States.

According to Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman, the exercise will provide valuable preparation experience for the agency and all stakeholders as well as identify gaps in the response plan.

While you may notice an increased presence of state authorities in Manhattan, regular campus activity will not be affected.

For more information, contact Mary Soukup, communications director at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, or the Division of Communications and Marketing at vpcm@k-state.edu.