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 Situation and Assumptions  

 

SPOTLIGHT

A. University Location and Description

SRU is located in the Northwestern portion of Butler County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The campus encompasses a land area of over 600 acres in 48 buildings, and is located just 50 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. Located just five (5) miles from Interstate I-79 and seven (7) miles from I-80 provides easy access to and from campus. The University has over 8,600 full and part-time students supported by over 800 faculty and support staff when in full session. SRU is comprised of students and faculty from all over the United States and the World. The student body is represented by citizens from over thirty-nine (39) countries across the globe.

B. University Capabilities and Resources

SRU operates a full-time police force along with a campus emergency center (ext.3333) twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The University also has an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in the University Police / Public Safety Building on the third (3rd) floor. This building is located on Kiester Road at the front of the Maintenance Complex.

C. University Hazard Vulnerability

SRU issubject to a variety of hazards. The most damaging of these are:

• Civil disturbance/demonstration
• Explosion, (e.g. boiler, chemical, bomb, aircraft down on campus)
• Psychological emergency
• Tornados/severe storms/snow storms
• Medical emergency
• Fire
• Biological/chemical/or radiation
• Utility failure
• Terrorism

Therefore, training and response checklists and other accompanying documents are based primarily upon this assessment.

D. Planning Assumptions

1. A major disaster, emergency or terrorism event will cause numerous fatalities and injuries, property loss, and disruption of normal life-support systems, and will have an impact on the University’s economic, physical, and social infrastructures.

2. The extent of casualties and damage will reflect factors such as the time of occurrence, severity of impact, weather conditions, population density, building construction, and the possibility of secondary events such as fires, explosions, structural collapse, contamination issues, and loss of critical infrastructure.

3. The large number of casualties, heavy damage to structures and basic capabilities infrastructure, and disruption of essential services have the potential to overwhelm the University to meet the needs of the situation.

4. Within a short time following the occurrence of a major emergency / disaster, the University may need to request the local governments and/or county agencies to coordinate and support the activities in accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Code (Pa C.S. Title 35 Sections 7101 – 7707). The local governments and Butler County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) will respond on short notice to provide timely and effective assistance.

5. In the event of a terrorist act on, or near campus, the University may request governmental assistance. By the utilization of the tiered response system, the resources and capabilities of the regional task force will be requested by BCEMA to provide additional coordination and support activities in accordance with The Counter-Terrorism Planning, Preparedness and Response Act (ACT 2002-227).

6. Due to the limited capabilities at the University, county and regional task force levels, and upon a determination that resource requests exceed those resources, the Butler County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA) will request assistance from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

7. The occurrence of a major disaster or emergency may result in the declaration of an emergency by the Governor. Such a declaration, depending upon the severity, may result in the declaration of an emergency by the President of the United States.