A Chinese delegation of 18 government officials, an 'Emergency Management Training Group' representing China's Beijing Province Office of Foreign Affairs, spent two days at the University, September 27 and 28, learning about campus life and emergency management best practices here in America.
"The People's Republic of China requested an invitation to come to the United States to learn about emergency management operations here," said Barry Eck, Seton Hall's Assistant Director of Public Safety in charge of Emergency Management.
Eck, who hosted the group, explained that this is the third year in a row that a delegation has come to the United States for such a visit. The group was in the country for 22 days, visiting emergency management facilities in Washington D.C., New York City and other prominent Emergency Management facilities in various parts of the country. Seton Hall University was the only institution of higher education in the country chosen for a visit.
Eck, who is also president of the New Jersey Emergency Management Association, said, "This was the most inquisitive group I have met to date. They had many good questions and expressed great interest in how emergencies are handled at institutions of higher education such as Seton Hall."
"They wanted to know what types of emergencies American colleges face and how we go about handling them on campus. I explained that the most important thing was notification, being able to notify as many individuals as possible in the shortest amount of time about potential dangers at hand. Whether natural or made-made emergencies, the key is getting the word out quickly. We also discussed various planning processes and the importance of getting key stakeholders to the table so everybody has an equal input on how to handle the emergency," he explained.
The delegation learned about various methods of communication such as Pirate Alert and our outside alert warning system. They participated in an open forum and an exchange of ideas between emergency managers on how the two countries handle their own emergency response incidents. "This group was especially interested because they are emergency management trainees and really very interested in our coordinated style of response," Eck said.
The group also spent almost two hours touring the University, visiting the many historic and scenic sites around the campus. They were especially impressed by the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Walsh Gallery, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Richard and Sheila Regan Fieldhouse and Athletics Hall of Fame.
Eck extended an open invitation for future groups to return to Seton Hall and encouraged the opportunity to discuss educational exchanges between the two countries Emergency Management professionals.
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