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June 25, 2010


College Recognized for Community Preparedness

American Red Cross in Nassau County honored Dr. W. Hubert Keen on behalf of Farmingdale State College at the annual Red & White Dinner Dance at Westbury Manor on Thursday, May 20, 2010. The College was recognized for its extensive work with the American Red Cross to better prepare Long Island for a major disaster and its commitment to serve as an evacuation center.

"Farmingdale State College has collaborated with the American Red Cross on a number of projects and is pleased to serve as a staging area for storage units," said President Hubert Keen.  "The campus is prepared to serve as a place of refuge for disaster relief and did so a few years ago by providing housing for community residents whose apartment building burned.  In addition, the campus subscribes to the SUNY-Alert System whereby the campus community receives emergency notification by email, text message or phone call."

Each year, American Red Cross in Nassau County responds to local disasters, mainly residential fires, and assists individuals and families with emergency food, shelter and supplies. The Nassau County chapter provides disaster education presentations for community residents to help make them safer and minimize injury and destruction. What's more, it provides communication between the Armed Forces and their families.

This year's Red & White Dinner Dance also honored Dr. Paul H. Forestell, on behalf of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, where he serves as provost. Like Farmingdale State, C.W. Post also works with American Red Cross in providing community preparedness.