No one wants to think about a bombing, but acts of terrorism are a reality in the world today, and learning to be prepared to respond to these tragic incidents is precisely what students such as Elizabeth City State University junior Weston Smith are doing with their summers.

Smith, an Elizabeth City resident, is an aviation and emergency management student. Under the topic of “What I did last summer,” Smith will tell you that he attended the Department of Homeland Security’s “Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing” class.

According to Emergency Management program coordinator, Dr. Kevin Kupietz, Smith was accepted into the fully funded program with the help of ECSU faculty.

“Emergency Management faculty helped Mr. Smith get accepted into the fully-funded program to send him to Socorro, New Mexico to increase his knowledge on bombing events, with hands-on activities and experiences,” said Dr. Kupietz.

Dr. Kupietz said Smith was able to see the firsthand impact and destruction of explosive devices, including car bombs.

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Originally published Sept. 27, 2018.