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 Concept of Operations 



A. General

For minor emergencies, SRU and local responders will handle the appropriate response. The county may be called upon to provide supplemental assistance and coordination whenever the consequences of an emergency exceed University and local capabilities and as identified within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Code (Pa. C.S. 35 Sections 7101-7701).

If the disaster, emergency, or terrorism incident exceeds the capabilities of the BCEMA resources, the regional counter-terrorism task forces can provide assistance in the form of specialized response teams. Additionally, the Commonwealth

(PEMA) will be requested to provide assistance. If needed, the Commonwealth can mobilize an array of resources including, specialized response teams, support personnel, and specialized equipment to support disaster or emergency affairs.

B. Inter-municipal Assistance

SRU has mutual aid agreements with adjacent Townships and Boroughs for reciprocal emergency assistance. Additionally, as provided for in Act 2002-227 (The Counter-Terrorism Planning, Preparedness and Response Act) Butler County is a member of the Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force 13 and may obtain assistance in the form of specialized support teams, materials and equipment. The adjacent municipalities will provide assistance in accordance with the provisions of the agreements reached with the University.

C. Direction and Control

In all emergencies, it is essential that there be a planned and predetermined command structure to take control of the scene, maintain control, and direct emergency response operations. The Incident Command System (ICS) will be followed at the scene of the emergency.

1. The ICS organization is built around five major functions:

• Command
• Planning
• Operations
• Logistics
• Finance/Administration

 2. The focal point of the ICS is the Incident Commander. The ICS organization has the capability to expand or contract to meet the needs of the incident, but all emergency incidents, regardless of size or complexity, will have an Incident Commander. Initially, the Incident Commander will be the senior first responder to arrive at the scene (e.g., the Police Chief). The Incident Commander is responsible for on-scene management until command authority is transferred to another person, who then becomes the Incident Commander. Unified Command allows all agencies with responsibility for the incident, either geographical or functional, to manage an incident by establishing a common set of incident objectives and strategies.

 3. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is the location at which the primary command functions take place. The Incident Commander is located at the ICP, and there is only one ICP for each incident. The ICP should be located:

• Away from the general noise and confusion associated with the incident.
• Outside the area of present and potential hazards.
• Within view of the incident, when possible.

 4. Command Staff. The Incident Commander can use three primary aides if needed to help control the emergency:

 • Liaison Officer – This is a police officer designated by the Incident Commander. The chief responsibility of the Liaison Officer is to act as the go-between for other emergency responders and agencies and the Incident Commander.

• Safety Officer – The Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is the Safety Officer and acts as a resource to provide the Incident Commander with health and safety related information pertaining to the emergency. The Safety Officer makes determinations as to whether it is safe to approach the scene of the emergency, whether emergency responders may be putting themselves at risk by responding to the emergency, and offers recommendations on how to protect the health and safety of emergency responders during the response.

Public Information Officer (PIO) – The Executive Director of Public Relations is the PIO and acts as the go-between for the Incident Commander and the media. All information coming from the scene of the emergency goes through the Incident Commander to the PIO before it is disseminated to the public or the media.

 5. The EOC has been identified, and may be activated by the University President, Designee, or Senior Administrator on site or EAD, during an emergency.

 6. This plan embraces an "all-hazards" principle that most emergency response functions are similar, regardless of the hazard. The University will mobilize functions and personnel as required by the emergency situation.

 7. Overall emergency operations will be directed from the EOC. The emergency field operations will be directed from an established ICP.

By approval of SRU, the Emergency Operations Plan delegates the implementation of the plan to the Chain-of Command listed below:

1. President
2. Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
3. Vice President for Student Life
4. Vice President for Finance and Administrative Affairs
5. Vice President for University Advancement