University of Richmond holds disaster preparedness dinner for students


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Students at the University of Richmond got a lesson in disaster preparedness Wednesday. 

The university held its first-ever Disaster Preparedness Dinner. The gathering taught students what kind of food they need in the event of a natural disaster. 

The dining hall was lit with lanterns to how the importance of flashlights during extreme weather.

Staff also showed students what supplies were needed in emergency kits. The menu featured food that could be prepared during disasters. Some items included canned good, pre-packaged meals and comfort food for students. 

The university said the preparedness event was especially important in the wake of Hurricane Florence and several tornadoes that hit the area.

“We didn’t expect to be sheltered in place for the hours that we did,” said Dave McCoy, associate vice president of public safety at the University of Richmond. “And these are the thing we prepared for, can’t prepare for the incident, but can prepare yourself to handle the incident.”

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