Berkeley to train students to help in a quake

March 20, 2008 5:50:16 PM PDT
UC Berkeley is launching a new program to train fraternity and sorority students to help in an earthquake or other emergency.

The university, the Berkeley Fire Department, and the American Red Cross announced Thursday that students who live in fraternities, sororities and co-ops are being given emergency training and disaster supplies.

The kits include fire extinguishers, portable lights, and two-way radios.

"Our community needs to be prepared, and this is a great start. We're hoping to expand this training out to the rest of the campus. and to date, we've already prepared 383,000 residents in our community. We're well on our way to one million, and preparing one out of every four residents," says Madelyn Mackie, program manager with the American Red Cross.

The program is the first of its kind in the nation to train and equip students.