As a service to the community and hopefully at relatively low cost, could it be possible that the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Community College District consider the usage of the Harry West Gym as a continuing education annex for its closeness to the World Trade Center permanent homeless shelter?

As part of the annex, perhaps there could be facilities to enable individuals to get certificates through FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, so that there may be a way to get available federal disaster mitigation and preparedness grants involved while the District promotes community emergency readiness, a positive step in the face of potential public safety cutbacks.

A major milestone at EMI's online Independent Study Program is the completion of EMI's Professional Development Series as a preparatory certificate program for emergency managers and volunteer coordinators. This training provides a basis for citizens to know what to do and get it done when waiting for state and federal assistance immediately after a disaster. Encouraging people to be responsible for safety in the community, in harmony with the National Response Framework and National Disaster Recovery Framework, seems to be both a proper thing for community college districts to do and a reasonable expenditure of public funds for community education purposes.

As a former City College student body president, I would be especially grateful for their consideration of something that would bring great credit upon the District.


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