1. Preparation For An Emergency

Emergency Resource Team

The Emergency Resource Team (ERT) is a group of university officials with responsibilities involving the Preparation and Mitigation Phases of emergency management. The ERT is a key factor in formulating, and leading the campus response to preparation for an emergency.

ERT Composition

The following university officials comprise the Youngstown Campus ERT:

  • Associate Vice President University Relations
  • Associate Vice President University Facilities
  • Chief, YSU Police
  • University Public Information Officer
  • Director, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Assistant Director Marketing and Communications
  • Administrative Officer, YSU Police

ERT Planning Activities

The ERT coordinates the emergency planning activities for the Youngstown State University.  Planning activities include:

  • Meet at least once per semester to discuss issues and facilitate planning.
  • Make recommendations for changes to the CEMP or University Guidebook Policy.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with safety, health and emergency management partners external to the Campus.
  • Promote public awareness among students, faculty and staff.

Training and Public Awareness

Coordinated, systematic, and comprehensive training and education programs are essential for the development and maintenance of this plan. Training programs are provided to departments, organizations and individuals responsible for implementation of this plan using the following actions:

  • YSU Police Department and the YSU Office of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety coordinates the emergency management preparedness training and education for personnel within the University.
  • The training program consists of three dimensions: (1) programs and courses available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State and other governmental/volunteer agencies; (2) local departmental emergency response training; and (3) community based awareness, self-help, population protection procedures, and public awareness training for the general population.
  • Training is available through FEMA is announced through FEMA circulars. Departments and agencies determine their own needs assessment of training requirements so as to ensure the appropriate courses are taken by emergency response personnel. FEMA has a wide range of courses available to the emergency management community and all effort should be made to send personnel to those courses that will maximize the total effort.
  • University sponsored training is provided by EOHS as well as YSU Police.  Emphasis will be placed on those areas that are considered to be most critical. University programs may include all areas of emergency management; however, a thorough review of needs is necessary to ensure proper utilization of training time.
  • Community based training is conducted and arranged through YSU Police. Public awareness of all threats within the University is a major concern; however, the most critical threats are normally repeated in presentations and media awareness throughout the year. Fire, tornado and flood preparedness are a major focus due to the large population that may be impacted.


All University departments tasked with emergency management response and recovery responsibilities under this plan will participate in exercises conducted under direction of the YSU Police Department. Exercises are given at least annually, and more frequent exercises may be held at the discretion of YSU Police. Non-governmental, not-for-profit and other outside agencies with responsibilities under this plan will be encouraged to attend and participate in such exercises. The majority of the exercises involve multiple agencies and organizations.