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Several Webb students to study emergency preparedness

Sunday, August 26, 2012

BELL BUCKLE -- The potentially life-threatening situations will be mock emergencies, but they will provide enough reality for 15 students at The Webb School to train for the unexpected.

Webb will host an "Emergency Action Preparedness" workshop on Aug. 25, presented by Paul Martin, Webb 1988 alumnus, and Caleb Causey.

Martin, of Austin, Texas, is a lawyer and a lobbyist for State Farm and has published a book titled Bracing for Impact: A Practical Guide to Preparing for Disasters. Causey is owner/director of training, Lone Star Medics, Arlington, Texas.

James Garcia, Webb dean of students, and Emily Stubljar, Webb athletic trainer, are facilitators for the workshop.

The workshop will follow other steps Martin has taken to help the Webb community stay safe. In the fall of 2011, Martin read Webb's announcement about a new emergency warning siren atop the Follin Administration Building and stepped forward to sponsor the project as a gift. He also presented a chapel talk about emergency preparedness in the spring.

Workshop topics will include first aid, weather safety, crisis leadership, communication strategies and identifying available resources.

Throughout the presentation, the students will spend much of their time doing hands-on practice to help them learn the necessary skills. Causey and Martin also will be available to discuss how the school can develop some training exercises to acquaint the students with the school's emergency plan.

Garcia, who also chairs the school's emergency preparedness committee, said, "You never know when an emergency will happen. It is wonderful that we will have students who will have an understanding of what to do if an emergency occurs on campus."

Stubljar added, "A feeling of actually being competent and knowing exactly what to do in a serious situation versus just standing by is my goal for what our students will take away from this workshop."