November 4, 2011

Owens Center for Emergency Preparedness Offers New Personal Safety and Security Classes, Nov. 12 and 15

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents interested in enhancing their personal safety and situational awareness are invited to participate in a new Personal Safety and Security Class offered through Owens Community College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness, Nov. 12 and 15.

Two separate four-hour classes will take place at the College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness. The first class will occur on Saturday (Nov. 12) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., while a second class will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 15) from 6-10 p.m. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is proud to offer a new community public safety class, which is intended to increase a person’s situational awareness so that they may recognize the potential for danger and take steps ahead of time to avoid it,” said Michael Cornell, Owens Director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness.

During the four-hour class, attendees will receive knowledge and expertise in the areas of situational awareness, basic self-defense, tasers, pepper spray, mace, stun guns and collapsible batons. Additionally, students will learn about how to create a safe room/office as well as practice hands-on self-defense moves and the proper use of self-defense weapons. Individuals are encouraged to wear exercise clothing and athletic shoes.

The Center for Emergency Preparedness is the premier all-hazards national training facility located at Owens Community College. As the world continues to change so will the critical training demands for the men and women who place themselves in harm’s way. The Center for Emergency Preparedness is dedicated to securing the homeland and assuring the safety of our citizens by building a well-trained community of first responders, first receivers and allied professionals who are ready to safely respond to and mitigate the effects of an all-hazards event.

The cost of the personal safety class is $35. For more information, or to register, call (567) 661-2411 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2411.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit