U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today hosted a symposium on campus security and safety for the region’s colleges and universities. Representatives from 10 local institutions joined the Congressman Dent at DeSales University to discuss campus security and federal resources to support it, including grants, trainings and best practices.

“When we discuss regional emergency preparedness, we must include our colleges and universities,” said Congressman Dent, who serves as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response. “We must ensure we’re adapting and developing procedures and precautionary measures in the instance that unforeseen violent acts or natural disasters or even severe weather impact the area.”

The event was attended by representatives from Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Kutztown University, Northampton Community College, Reading Area Community College, Montgomery County Community College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College.

John Brasko, Emergency Management Program Specialist FEMA, Region III and John Guest, Protective Security Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security Critical Information Protection talked with attendees about grants, training and infrastructure protection. Brasko also talked about the importance of a campus-based Citizen Corps / Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT).

Additionally, Edward Shupp, Chief of Police for the Lehigh University Police Department, discussed campus-wide security measures.

Congressman Dent also met with DeSales students prior to the event to give them a brief Washington update, and discussed issues affecting students in the region.