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The Clery Center for Security On Campus is proud to have partnered with the Michael H. Minger Foundation, Campus Firewatch, Rowan University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Fire Department to create an educational fire safety video and outreach campaign to address the importance of fire prevention and safety for college students, especially those living off campus.

The project is funded under a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and consists of a short video and additional educational materials. The Alarming Truth was written and produced by Rowan University students and will offer a fresh take on fire safety that is relevant to college students and easy to view and share.

All of the materials will be available for free to aid institutions in their efforts to implement valuable prevention programming on a limited budget. Throughout the project, the Center and partners will dialogue with students as well as campus safety and fire professionals to gather feedback about the materials and evaluate its effectiveness.

Project Timeline:

  • May: Film completion, launch of media campaign, and promotion of in-person training events
  • June-August: In-person training events in six FEMA regions, promotion of film, materials and website
  • September: Official launch of the campaign and video, local kickoff event

For more information about the project, contact Abigail Boyer or Amy Guthrie, or call (484) 588-5377.

Photo: Rowan University film crew with Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers


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The Michael H. Minger Foundation was formed after the death of Michael
Minger in an arson fire in his residence hall at Murray State University in Kentucky. The foundation works to improve awareness of fire safety on campuses everywhere with a focus on fire safety for students with

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